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Bill Cosby Allegations Push California to End Statute of Limitations for Rape and Sex Crimes

The fallout surrounding the dozens upon dozens of sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby has tarnished the former beloved comedian’s image. What it’s also done is make the state of California put an end to its statute of limitations regarding rape and sex crimes.

The new law, called the Justice for Victims Act, was signed into order by the state Governor Jerry Brown. It eliminates the state’s statute of limitations for the prosecution of rape cases and other sex crimes. It goes onto effect on January 1, 2017.

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The Los Angeles Times says it “amends the penal code so that some sex crimes, including rape, forcible sodomy and molestation of a child, can be be prosecuted, regardless of how long ago the crime occurred.”

The prior law had set the statute of limitations for rape cases at 10 years unless there was new DNA evidence presented at a later date. It also mandated sex crimes against minors be prosecuted before the alleged victim turned 40.

The Justice for Victims Act was introduced by State Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) in light of the plethora of women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against Cosby. There were many women in California who had allegations, but the current law prevents their charges from being prosecuted because too much time has passed. However, there six of Cosby’s accusers who testified in favor of the bill even though their allegations won’t be prosecuted when the new law goes into effect.

Senator Leyva said of the new law, “It shows victims and survivors that California stands behind them, that we see rape as a serious crime, that victims can come forward and that justice now has no time limit.”

 

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Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.