This is a big step in the right direction!
On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill — called SB813 — that will end the 10-year statute of limitations for prosecuting certain rape and child molestation cases.
The measure was inspired by Bill Cosby‘s alleged attacks, many of which came to light decades after. Unfortunately, this new piece of legislation will not help many of these women who are accusing the comedian of rape.
The actor is currently facing a criminal case in Pennsylvania, as well as a civil suit in California from a woman who claims he molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was only 15-years-old.
According to Senator Connie Leyva:
“Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired. There must never be an expiration date on justice!”
Lawyer Gloria Allred — who currently represents over 30 Cosby accusers — said in a statement:
“The passage of this new law means that the courthouse doors will no longer be slammed shut in the face of rape victims. It puts sexual predators on notice that the passage of time may no longer protect them from serious criminal consequences for their acts of sexual violence.”
The law takes effect on January 1, 2017.
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