Victims of rape in California will no longer be restrained in having their voices heard. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that ends the state’s 10-year statute of limitations.
The measure — prompted by sex abuse allegations against Bill Cosby — means people who were raped after January 2017 will be able to come forward and press charges against their attacker at any time. Unfortunately, the bill is not retroactive, which means rapes occurring before January 2017 will still be subject to the current 10-year statute of limitations.
“Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired,” said Senator Connie Leyva, who introduced the bill.
This is a major step forward for California, and one the entire nation should soon follow suit on. Sexual assault is a traumatic experience. Many victims spend years simply trying to function again. Limiting their reporting time is unconscionable. I hope today’s victory for victims will soon resonate across the entire country, and the globe.
by Gordon T. Elliott