Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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Cuomo Administration Unveils Plans To Protect Women, Rape Survivors

February 19, 2019 - 6:29 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Cuomo administration on Tuesday unveiled a series of initiatives aimed at helping to improve the lives of women in New York State.

One major part of the state’s 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda will be increasing the amount of time rape victims have to come forward.

“Rape is the most underreported crime and 63 percent of sexual assaults are never reported to police,” said secretary to Gov. Cuomo Melissa DeRosa.

Now, the proposed law has will give rape victims all the time they need to report the crime, rather than the current five years they have under the statute of limitations.

This means that after the time limit expires, survivors can no longer seek justice under the law.

“After the arbitrary time limit expires, survivors can no longer seek justice under the law. That is unacceptable,” DeRosa said.

The governor plans to eliminate the statute of limitations for rape in the second and third degree, allowing rape survivors to come forward years later.

Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore, a leader of the Time's Up movement, joined Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul at Lincoln Center in Manhattan to unveil the plans.

The two announced that the Women’s Justice Agenda will also include increasing protections against sexual harassment in the workplace and outlawing revenge porn.

Some related initiatives have already been passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed into law by the governor.