statute of limitations

Rethinking How The Law Treats Sexual Assault Survivors

Feb 27, 2020
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In Ohio, the statute of limitations for rape is 20 years. Tort laws cap how much sexual assault survivors can recover from their perpetrators.

For the first time since November, a Senate committee heard testimony on a bill to eliminate the time limit on prosecuting rapes.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) unveil new cameras installed in a committee room in March.
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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder is clarifying comments he made about legislation related to the the Richard Strauss scandal at Ohio State.

DNA Testing and Sexual Assault

Nov 27, 2019
Forensic analyst India Henry works on evidence in a sexual assault case in the biology lab at the Houston Forensic Science Center Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Houston.
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Two Ohio lawmakers have proposed a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for rape cases, and close domestic violence loopholes. 

Bill 162 would dispose of time constraints for future sexual assault cases, but would not allow charges to be brought up in cold cases. 

 

Today on All Sides: the importance of DNA evidence, cold cases and preventing sexual assault. 

 

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Ohio House

Gov. Mike DeWine is urging state lawmakers to end the time limit on criminal charges for rape and sexual assault, which Democrats have been proposing for years. The leader of the Ohio House says there’s a chance that will happen.

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center "wholeheartedly" supports a proposal from Governor Mike DeWine to lift the statute of limitations for rape and other sex crimes. Ohio allows someone to be charged for rape within 25 years of committing the crime. 

The governor made the proposal Monday following the release of a report detailing sexual abuse of male students by a former Ohio State University sports doctor from 1978 to 1998.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has signed an executive order establishing a group to look into how the State Medical Board handled allegations of sexual abuse by former Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss. 

Ohio State Sen. Joe Schiavoni
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Outgoing Democratic state Sen. Joe Schiavoni is pushing to eliminate the statute of limitations for civil cases of rape and sexual assault. The move was inspired in part by the Richard Strauss scandal at The Ohio State University, but the bill is unlikely to affect those cases.

Brian Garrett at his home in Powell, Ohio. Garrett is one of the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Ohio State.
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One of the men alleging abuse by Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss wants state lawmakers to get rid of the time limit to file legal claims of sexual abuse.