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Ohio’s rape statute of limitations extended 5 years

Good news: a bill to lift the statute of limitations for rape prosecution is heading to Gov. Kasich’s desk. It gives survivors years additional five years to press charges, for prosecutors to act, and for Ohio’s rape kit testing backlog to catch up. He’ll certainly sign the Republican-sponsored legislation.

“Why isn’t this GREAT news?” you ask.

The answer is simple: Why only 5 years?

This bill, HB 6, moves the bar from 20 to 25 years. However, Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) know a statute of limitations on rape should not exist at all. Their HB 234 would completely remove the statute of limitations and redefine spousal rape.

The Republican leadership loves to talk tough against crime, but they’re slow to protect rape victims — Shock! Whether or not they’ll see the logic behind dropping a statute of limitations is yet to be seen.

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