Rapists Just Got Some VERY Bad News In California (!!!)

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Rapists, we are coming for you.

California governor Jerry Brown officially ended the statute of limitations on rape cases. This is a major move, and one that was inspired partially by the numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault against comedian Bill Cosby. 

This is huge news, and the ramifications that this legislation will have on rape culture are absolutely epic. 

Sing it from the mountain tops, it doesn't matter when you were raped in California, your rapist can still be brought to justice. Get a rape kit done as soon as possible (to maintain evidence), but now you can wait until you are ready to move forward. When or if you report it, action can and will be taken. 

This is really important news for victims, too.

Recently actor Corey Feldman was in the news talking about the devastating effects rape and child sexual abuse had on him and his best friend, actor Corey Haim when they were growing up.

Feldman felt trapped because of California's statute of limitations. But now, if he chooses to do so, he can take legal action. 

Reporting rape takes a tremendous amount of courage, but so does surviving a rape. Not every victim can do both, nor should they feel pressured to. It's personal decision, and we owe it to the victims to the support whatever they choose.

As it stands now, just 35% of women reported being raped to the police, according to RAINN. Women who are still in school come in with lower numbers. Just 20% of them are likely to report being raped. 

Shame, fear, and lack of faith in the system are all contributing factors that keep women who have been raped silent. Out of 1000 reported rape cases, 994 reported rapists will walk free. We live in a sexist culture, that's the way it is, and because of that rape is much more difficult to try in our legal system. 

Having stuff like a ten year statute of limitations on rape was just one more way the legal system was saying, "We don't take what happened to you seriously."

Changing this law isn't just good in terms of bringing rapists to justice, it's good because it's the government acknowledging that gravity of what has happened to victims of rape and sexual violence. 

When you take away the ticking clock, you're letting victims of rape know that whenever they are ready, you are there and ready to take action. 

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This kind of legislation is so important, especially coming so quickly after rapist Brock Turner's highly publicized and insultingly lenient sentence.

I don't think that California's new law has magically solved every single problem of how the criminal justice system treats victims of rape, but it is a step in the right direct. Fingers crossed that this marks a change in the way we treat victims of rape and rapists in the legal system and the world at large.

It's time that we support the victims and punish the offenders, not the other way around.

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