Victims of sexual assault in Washington state now have far more time to report the crimes committed against them.
The new law removed the time limit for crimes against people younger than Victims 16 and older when the crime is committed now have up to 10 to 20 years to report it, depending on the severity of the assault. ly, survivors of childhood sex abuse had just three years after their 18th birthday, or after discovery of the harms of their abuse, to bring a civil case.
The new law also means that survivors of third-degree rape no longer have to prove that they repeatedly said "no" to their attackers. Advocates say that without a clear lack of consent observed by witnesses, prosecutors have been reluctant to bring cases. But the changes passed during the last legislative session are not retroactive.
Crimes committed before now are covered under the old limits. While Stone applauds the new law, she says more needs to be done to assure victims it's worth coming forward.
But Stone said she's hopeful the new law will empower victims by showing them the system is changing in their favor. She also commended lawmakers for working to help eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits during the last legislative session.
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