She doesn’t think extending statutes of limitations for sexual crimes should be a priority because that “won’t address the issue” for most survivors seeking justice.
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In California, victims had to report crimes and seek charges within 10 years.
Leyva said she hadn’t known victims faced that “arbitrary time limit” and she “found that shocking.” At the same time, scandal enveloped comedian Bill Cosby as women said he had drugged and assaulted them, with claims dating back more than 50 years.
But according to 2016 federal data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which monitors reports of unwelcome sexual advances at the workplace, 6,914 incidents of sexual harassment were filed that year. Statutes of limitations are laws designed to protect a person from being prosecuted for a crime after physical evidence has deteriorated, or become less reliable, over time.
These time limits vary from crime to crime, and between states.
“For decades they struggle to come to terms with the terrible impacts these crimes have on their lives – including the troubling fact that very few of the perpetrators are held accountable.” In recent weeks, high-profile and long-buried stories of sexual assault and harassment have cropped up across the country. 5, when the New York Times published its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein, dozens of women and men have come forward with their own stories about sexual misconduct by other powerful men, from Roy Moore, Alabama’s Republican candidate for U. Senate, to Charlie Rose, a long-time broadcast news host for PBS and CBS News.