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.
Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.