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Sexual Misconduct

Cosby cases prompt Colorado bill extending time for charges

A Colorado House committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill prompted by claims against Bill Cosby that would double a 10-year statute of limitations for seeking charges in sexual assault cases.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred and two Colorado women who claim Cosby assaulted them decades ago testified that the bill would empower traumatized victims by giving them more time to come forward.

"The shame and the silence of being a victim of sexual assault has to end," said Beth Ferrier of Denver, who alleges that Cosby assaulted her in 1986.

Heidi Thomas of Castle Rock said it took 30 years for her to come forward after she was assaulted by Cosby in...