Some Ohio lawmakers are retrying laws that would remove any deadline for filing charges related to criminal and civil sex crimes. The bill would also get rid of spouse exemptions for rape, sexual battery, and other sex crimes.
“Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault Should Not Have an Expiration Date” said MP Tavia Galonski, D-Akron. “This legislation adjusts our laws to empower some of the most vulnerable Ohioans who were unable to get justice in time under current law.”
In addition to removing the prosecution deadline, the legislation would remove a loophole that prevents prosecutors from seeking justice in spousal rape cases where no “Threat of violence or violence” exists.
“Ohio allows someone to engage in unwanted sexual behavior if that person is their spouse while they are drugged or passed out.” State Representative Kristin Boggs, D-Columbus, said in March.
Galonski and Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, backed their reintroduced legislation, noting the effort would align Ohio with changes in sex offense laws in other states, including West Virginia. Past efforts have stalled, however, as there was little support across the aisle. Justice for victims of sex crimes should not be a republican or democratic issue. Ohio lawmakers should better account for this retry than in previous years.
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