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California lawmaker would end statute of limitations for rape cases

State Sen. Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) said Monday that she will introduce legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations for rape and some other sexual crimes to increase the chance that victims will get justice.

California law generally limits the prosecution of a felony sexual offense to 10 years after the offense is committed, but more time can be provided if new DNA evidence is found.

Leyva said a bill she will introduce when the Legislature reconvenes in January would eliminate the deadline for prosecuting crimes including rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, oral copulation, sexual penetration and continuous sexual abuse of a child. Full Article

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Written it before and now again;

eliminating statues of limitations for anything has dangerous consequences that do not help the pursuit of justice. Even with statue of limitations there are many instances where justice can easily be swapped out for revenge. Here’s an uncomfortable truth about human sexual interaction, not all of it is mind blowingly awesome. Just because one or more people didn’t have their expectations met does not give them justification to decide afterwards that they did not consent. Language regarding sexual conduct or misconduct is complicated enough already and by giving people more time (endless time) to either independently come forward or be talked into speaking up years later won’t solve anything.

It seems to me once you are convicted years ago anyone can come up now and say oh that happened to me back then ,even if it didn’t how would you fight The law would be on their side because you’re already a convicted sex offender . Seems like an easy way to put someone in jail years after even if you’re innocent .

Is this an election year?

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