Victim Advocates Pushing to Revamp Rape Prosecution Laws

Victim Advocates Pushing to Revamp Rape Prosecution Laws

One Memphis group is hoping to help rape victims receive justice. They want to change the statute of limitations on when someone can be charged with rape.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - One local group is hoping to help rape victims receive justice. They want to change the statute of limitations on when someone can be charged with rape.

As the law stands now, there's a statute of limitations for rape of 10 years; for aggravated rape, it's 15 years. What that means is even if a rapist is caught and DNA links them to the crime, if the statute has expired, he or she can't be prosecuted.

The Victims of Crime Advisory League, which is made up of rape victims, wants to extend the statute of limitations by one year from the date DNA evidence identifying the rapist is established.

"The law has not kept up with the science so we want the law to be able to take into account any evidence that is collected and any future information that we can get," stated Anna Whalley with Shelby County Crime Victims Services.

If the law is passed it would only apply to rape, aggravated rape and rape of a child.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton support the new law. They're hoping lawmakers in Nashville support it too.

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