Prompted By Victims Of Bill Cosby California Removes Statute Of Limitations On Rape Charges
The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed into law a bill, SB813, that will rescind the current ten year statute of limitations on certain rape and child molestation charges within the state. Under the old law, if the victim was underage the statute of limitations went into effect until their 40th birthday. SB813 arrived to Governor Brown's desk without one lawmaker dissenting. The bill comes on the heels of multiple women coming forward with allegations Bill Cosby had raped them in decades past.
The emotional testimony of the women exploited by Cosby moved many lawmakers to pass the bill. The new bill will not come into effect until January of 2017, nor be enacted retroactively, allowing alleged rapists such as Cosby once again to not fully answer for their crimes. The case of the disgraced 79-year-old comedian Bill Cosby became the spring board from which two other states also changed the law regarding statute of limitations on charges of sexual violence.
Nevada expanded their statute of limitations from four to twenty years while Colorado increased it from ten to twenty. Bill Cosby has been accused by over 50 women of rape, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, and drug facilitated sexual assault. Cosby is set to head to trial in June of 2017 in the state of Pennsylvania which has a twelve year statute of limitations on charges of rape and sexual assault.