Sexual Crimes Against Minors Shall Have No Statute Of Limitations

Sexual Crimes Against Minors Shall Have No Statute Of Limitations

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Brice McCain started this petition to Department of Justice and

On average the Statue of Limitations for a sexual crime against a minor is two to three years from the date of the incident.  While some states allow for the tolling/extension of the crime starting from the age of 18.  With that an adult who had a sexual crime committed against them as a minor has until about the age of 21 (with tolling/extension) to bring charges against their accuser.

"The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities. CSA is also not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary. Statistics below represent some of the research done on child sexual abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted (page 24).

Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:

1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13".

Children who have experienced abuse often keep it a secret.  This is what the perpetrators hope for, it can take years before a person of a sexual crime to have the courage and understanding of what happened to them.  This is why we must repeal the statue of limitations for sexual crimes against children, so that they can have the right to bring charges against their abuser and get the justice they deserve.

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