But the state’s decision to roll back statutes of limitation on sexual abuse is an important step, Cross said in a statement.
n the afternoon of Jhon Sanchez’s 18th birthday, three parole officers showed up at his home in West New York, N. Sanchez was in his slippers and shorts, and when his mother asked if she could grab her son something else to wear, an officer assured her that Sanchez would be gone only for a little while. Sanchez is behind bars, but he is not in a regular prison.
She credited Illinois’ passage of that legislation with the “powerful and courageous testimony of survivors,” many of them speaking publicly for the first time after years of silence, anger and shame.
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.
We conclude that they do,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion.
Among the states that have rolled back their statutes, the changes are incremental and form a patchwork quilt of policymaking stretched across 50 states, said Marci Hamilton, who directs Child USA, a think tank that tracks child sex abuse laws nationwide, and serves as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Natasha Minsker, who directs ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy, told the Los Angeles Times, “The statute of limitations is there for a reason.” Sandra Park advocates for women’s rights for the ACLU national office and said statutes of limitations in criminal cases ensure defendants receive fair trials.
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.