End the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Violence in Minnesota
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Over the past few months, we've seen a growing number of women come forward about their experiences being sexual harassed and sexual assaulted.
In December, we saw women all across the United States speak out as survivors of sexual violence and harassment by saying, "#MeToo."
It seems that while most women have been sexually violated or sexually harassed in their lifetime, we know that most men are not predators and perpetrators. (We also know it's not just women who are victims to sexual violence and not just men who are perpetrators).
The point is that statistically, sexual violence is a pervasive crime often committed by repeat offenders.
The statute of limitations for sexual violence in Minnesota prevents many survivors from ever having their experiences validated and from ever seeing their perpetrator held accountable. It denies those who were sexually abused or raped to report after a given number of years. It is what leaves in question whether or not perpetrators like Harvey Weinstein will ever see a day in jail.
By ending the statute of limitations for sexual violence, we create the possibility that repeat offenders might some day be held accountable.
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