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Julianne Moore, Cuomo Call For More Time For Rape Victims To Seek Justice

June 12, 2019 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Actress Julianne Moore and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have written a joint op-ed calling for the elimination of a statute of limitations in most rape cases.

“These changes have to be made now,” Cuomo said of New York’s current statute of limitations.

He said in second- and third-degree rape cases, a five-year statute of limitation is too short and overly restrictive.

“Certainly five years is abject dereliction of justice,” Cuomo added.

New York ranks low when it comes to giving victims time to pursuing criminal charges against their attacker, and in most cases, victims of sexual assault often cannot bring charges at all because they waited too long.

In an op-ed in the Daily News, the governor and Moore wrote the current laws have allowed countless sexual predators to escape indictment.

Only a handful of other states have statutes of limitation that are as short as New York's. Twenty states have no statutes of limitation and 13 have statutes of limitation that range between 10 and 15 years.

However, with so few days left in the legislative session in Albany, it’s unclear if Cuomo and other lawmakers will be able to pull together enough support for this issue.