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RAPE: Time limit to prosecute may be dropped in Ohio

June 6, 2013

Should rapists be prosecuted if they are not discovered until more than 20 years after the crime? Two Ohio legislators are saying they should be and have introduced a bill in the Ohio Senate that......

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janeeyre1

Jun-06-13 7:41 AM

Taking this back would open a Pandor's Box of problems. Although there are some true victims of rape out there there are also others who claim they were assaulted years ago and most often those claims tend to be false and based on just getting back at someone. The way things are now when someone cries rape we shoot first and ask questions later. As a result many area men have had their reputations tarnished and gone in debt paying for a lawyer to defend them on a charge that turned out to be false. Victims need to come forward as soon as the incident happens. Not thirty years later. Don't these politicians trying to make this a law have better things to do, like get jobs into Ohio? Sounds like a reelection ploy to me.

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janeeyre1

Jun-06-13 8:37 AM

You know this proposition is also sending a very negative double message, from a mental health point of view. On one hand mental health professionals are telling clients to address their problems, face reality and not to live in denile. But actually this plan is encouraging that. It's saying, OK if you don't want to deal with what happened till 40 years from now, that's fine? I don't think so!

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exofDevola

Jun-06-13 8:46 AM

Jane there is something called DNA , remember?that no one knew about it years ago. When investigators delve into unsolved assaults, that is what convicts criminals. That is one reason why these ohio lawmakers are trying to get this bill passed. DNA also exonerates people who have been wrongly accused ,convicted and jailed. This is a good thing and it is why this bill should pass.

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janeeyre1

Jun-06-13 10:19 AM

exofDevola, Then I say if a girl/woman accuses falsely accuses a man of rape and he's put in jail, looses his job and has to hire an expensive attorney then the girl/woman should be required to refund him every penny plus compensation for the time he served in jail. Right now being exonerated refunds falsely accused men nothing.

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janeeyre1

Jun-06-13 10:22 AM

Bseides, we're not talking about DNA here. We're talking about charging men with rape abased not on DNA evidence but accusations and alledged memories. There's a big difference between the two. Until they invent a rape kit that comes with a time travel device there's a big whole in this theory.

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exofDevola

Jun-06-13 10:50 AM

They can find DNA for years and years after the crime-its in evidence rooms and it is amazing what a good lab can do with old evidence. I dont have any idea who you know who has been accused of rape,I think it has clouded your judgement. Police will investigate, take statements, and if there is a case they prosecute. Dna is a big motivator in these old cases.In a previous article , DNA was metioned prominently in one reason for the orgin of this bill. Rape is an ugly crime-its almost always blame the victim. Sometimes it takes years of trying to live with this before a victim feels strong enough to pursue it, especially with child victims, or incest cases. I agree it must be awful to be wrongly accused, but what about all the people who are so mentally hurt,it takes years to come forward. If a crime happened, it should be prosecuted.

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dragon50

Jun-06-13 12:44 PM

The time limit should be dropped for the simple fact that anything can go wrong. I just read an article the other day about 10,000 rape kits were forgotten about, I can't remember the number of years but I know it was a very long time. Fortunately these have DNA. In these cases, how many rapists have gone on to do it again and again and possibly kill with no one knowing about them. I know there are times that men get accused and aren't guilty and yes there should be some kind of reimbursement of their problems and to make sure the community knows he is not guilty. I know I was 5 and I have yet to report it to any police. As an adult it has happened but it is really hard for the victim to go tell what has happened. There should be no time limit because you never know what the truth can be and how long it may take someone to be able to come forward, but they should be able to when they can, of course it will be harder to prove, so to women or young girls,who may be raped, call the polic

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dragon50

Jun-06-13 12:44 PM

The time limit should be dropped for the simple fact that anything can go wrong. I just read an article the other day about 10,000 rape kits were forgotten about, I can't remember the number of years but I know it was a very long time. Fortunately these have DNA. In these cases, how many rapists have gone on to do it again and again and possibly kill with no one knowing about them. I know there are times that men get accused and aren't guilty and yes there should be some kind of reimbursement of their problems and to make sure the community knows he is not guilty. I know I was 5 and I have yet to report it to any police. As an adult it has happened but it is really hard for the victim to go tell what has happened. There should be no time limit because you never know what the truth can be and how long it may take someone to be able to come forward, but they should be able to when they can, of course it will be harder to prove, so to women or young girls,who may be raped, call the polic

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dragon50

Jun-06-13 12:54 PM

The time limitation should be dropped because rape kits get lost or stolen or just forgotten. I read an article the other day about 10,000 rape kits that had been forgotten. How many of these rapists have went on to rape and rape again and possibly have killed. This should never happen,something needs to be done about this happening and make sure it never happens again. If we need more labs or certain parts of labs just for these kits, then it need to be done. Another thing it is not always easy to come forward at the time of the rape, or it may not be in your memory for several years later when something jogs your brain and you are older and able to deal with it at that time, but you should be sure you know for sure, just so you don't end up being accused of just ruining someones life.

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dragon50

Jun-06-13 1:00 PM

The time limitation should be dropped because rape kits get lost or stolen or just forgotten. I read an article the other day about 10,000 rape kits that had been forgotten for many years. How many of these rapists have went on to rape and rape again and possibly have killed. This should never happen,something needs to be done about this happening and make sure it never happens again. If we need more labs or certain parts of labs just for these kits, then it needs to be done. Another thing it is not always easy to come forward at the time of the rape, or it may not be in your memory for several years later when something jogs your brain and you are older and able to deal with it at that time, but you should be sure you know for sure, just so you don't end up being accused of just ruining someones life. Rape can ruin a person's life forever and they may never be the same, it's like a life sentence.

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dragon50

Jun-06-13 1:08 PM

Sorry didn't realize the button was that sensitive and didn't see it listed. That's why it's there so many times.

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janeeyre1

Jun-06-13 1:56 PM

exofDevola, my opinions have been colored by reality. When I lived in WV plenty of cases went to court based only on the alleged victim's statement. Rape convictions do not require rape kit evidence if the victim's testimony is considered strong and convincing enough to possibly persuade a jury.

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janeeyre1

Jun-06-13 2:03 PM

The sooner a victim comes forward the sooner their attacker can be caught. You method of justifying self enduced denile helps no one. And you have to admit there have been real true victimsout there but also plenty of people just wanting attention and or revenge because someone dumped them. A teacher in Ohio got accused years ago by a former student. Turned out he was innocent-but he was wiped out financially. Absolutly nothing happened to the girl who tried to ruin his life. That's a crime in itself.

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exofDevola

Jun-06-13 3:09 PM

The article talks of all the victims of Jerry Sandusky. Since he was a supposedly fine and upstanding coach and charity man, no one wanted to believe all these victims stories. In this case there was no DNA and his victims went back more than 20 years. I sympathcize with anyone who has been falsely accused of rape. It should not happen. In cases I have seen, there are many unreported rapes, and that is what rapists love. They can continue to rape and terrorize , because they prey on theier victims being afraid to come forward, and slimy Sandusky was exhibit number one.

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JudyJones

Jun-06-13 10:41 PM

Ohio is so behind, when it comes preventing sex crimes. There should be NO Statute of Limitations for rape or for child sex crimes. Like Murder-No statute of limitation... Sex crimes, especially against innocent kids is "soul murder" the only problem is, the victims have to live with it. And some of them don't make it. It destroys innocent lives.

Remove the Statute of Limitations against all sex crimes. Civil and Criminal.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail****, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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JudyJones

Jun-06-13 10:43 PM

Sexual predators depend on the archaic Ohio laws to protect them.

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seedless

Jun-07-13 1:51 AM

Let me start with a quote from the thread here: "It's saying, OK if you don't want to deal with what happened till 40 years from now, that's fine? I don't think so!" (from janeeyre1) You are a horrible human being!!!!!! Rape is rape, time does not erase this, be it one week, one month, one year, or one hundred years. Please explain to me how after 20 years the event magically goes away?

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