Republican state Senate candidate Bob Antonacci in a statement Wednesday said he supports a bill that is meant to make it easier for the victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits.

The measure has not passed in the Republican-controlled state Senate, and the lawmaker Antonacci hopes to replace, retiring Sen. John DeFrancisco, has been skeptical of the bill.

“My heart breaks for children who were sexually abused and exploited by individuals who should have protected them, but instead preyed on their innocence,” Antonacci said in a statement. “It’s time to end the politics and give victims the justice they need and deserve. It’s time to pass the Child Victims Act.”

Antonacci also backs a one-year look back component in the bill — a provision that is considered key for some advocates and has been a stumbling block for the legislation.

“More often than not, it takes child victims years to report the horrific crimes that occurred against them,” Antonacci said. “These victims shouldn’t be met with politicians putting an arbitrary clock on their healing, they deserve justice – every single one of them.”

Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller, faces Democrat John Mannion for the central New York Senate district next month.