The statute of limitations on first degree rape was repealed in our state almost 15 years ago, because of the tenacious advocacy, action, and passion of NOW-NYC members and activists. But our fight for justice under the law is not over.
The #MeToo movement is a catalyst for lasting change.
There’s no doubt that the #MeToo movement has helped to drive home how insidious — and routine — sexual assault is for women across the country. We must seize this opportunity to expand our rights here in New York and remove the statute of limitations on rape. You shouldn’t have to beat a clock to get justice. #MeToo has also made it clear to the general public just how difficult it is for survivors to come forward and that it can take many years for someone to be willing or able to speak out and demand justice. The newly passed Child Victims Act rightfully recognizes this reality for victims of child sex abuse. We must make similar changes in our laws for all survivors of rape. We need to change the law to also eliminate the statute of limitations for rape in the 2nd degree as defined in section 130.30 of the penal law or rape in the 3rd degree, section 130.25.
Join us in the effort to make change this legislative session.
We’ll be educating lawmakers about the importance of improving our laws for survivors and making New York a leader in public safety and women’s rights. Once you’ve called your state representatives, sign up to join our Changing Laws Action Team and help us make history.