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Will California End Its Statute of Limitations On Sexual Assault?

Will California End Its Statute of Limitations On Sexual Assault?

Following the verdict of the Stanford rape case, in which swimmer Brock Turner — convicted of raping a fellow classmate while she was unconscious — was given a short six-month prison sentence, California lawmakers are finally taking steps toward improving the justice system.

This progress, voted on by the California Assembly in a 66-0 turnout, is surrounded by the chaos sparked by Turner's soon-to-be early release for "good behavior."

Although the law comes a little too late to enforce on Turner, it will hopefully do justice for future rape victims and survivors by requiring "a prison sentence for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person."

"Sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated victim is a terrible crime and our laws need to reflect that," Assemblyman Bill Dodd told NPR, adding that "letting felons convicted of such crimes get off with probation discourages other survivors from coming forward and sends the message that raping incapacitated victims is no big deal."

And with that, the bill is now in the hands of California Governor Jerry Brown, and if he signs, California will become the 17th state with no limitation on when a rape victim can pursue charges after an attack. 

NEXT: Congress Read Stanford Rape Victim's Letter Out Loud »

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