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Old 06-19-2020, 05:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know there’s been a lot of talk about the statute of limitations for sex crimes lately. Without weighing in on whether the author of today’s letter admitting to assault should come forward, it’s worth noting that the statute of limitations for sexual assault varies by state. There are states where it can extend based on when the victim discovers or remembers the crime. There are states with no statute of limitations for rape (and depending, this could be deemed rape). It’s not clear cut, and simply being a couple of decades ago doesn’t necessarily mean someone can’t be charged. It also doesn’t necessarily affect whether they can be sued civilly (where they lose money but not freedom).

It’s a state by state question. And - rightly or wrongly - something to consider before coming forward and admitting to a crime.

And on the flip side, it might not be too late for legal remedies for people who suffered sexual assault.
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