California created new legislation that will end the 10-year ban on the statute of limitations which will allow victims of sexual abuse to confess when they are ready to come forward.
The ruling which was approved by California Governor Jerry Brown was inspired by the numerous accusers who claim comedian Bill Cosby abused them, however, couldn’t press any charges due to the statute of limitations.
These boundaries to justice will now not be an issue for rape victims who by no means had the courage to confess around the time they were abused. For some victims, it might take many years to come back out publicly. The measure was proposed by State Senator Connie Levya and signed into law by the current governor.
“[Brown’s] signature of SB 813 tells every rape and sexual assault victim in California that they matter and that, regardless of when they are ready to come forward, they will always have an opportunity to seek justice in a court of law,” said Levya in a statement. “Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired.”Cosby
Cosby will not be affected by the law since it doesn’t apply retroactively.