This is big news (and it’s good).
With sexual assault as a top priority, NOW-NYC has advocated for the expansion of this critical reform for years. We’re thrilled to report that yesterday the NYS Assembly and Senate voted to extend the statute of limitations on rape in the second and third degree. This legislation will ensure that individuals across New York have more time to seek justice. We thank all the NOW-NYC activists who have helped to make this monumental change.
What this really means.
The statute of limitations on rape in the second degree and criminal sexual act in the second degree will be extended from the current five years to 20 years and from five to 10 years for these crimes in the third degree. Victims will also be able to bring civil litigation against their alleged assailants for up to 20 years after the offense. The legislation will fully eliminate the state of limitations on incest in the first degree. NOW-NYC spearheaded a campaign to eliminate the statute of limitations on first degree rape in 2006. We accomplished this through our Take Rape Seriously Campaign, which works to advance laws and improve law enforcement response to the pervasive crime of rape and sexual assault.