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Advocates want to eliminate statute of limitations on sexual assaults
Senate Democrats are calling on the General Assembly to pass a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations

Andy Chow
Democratic Sen. Nina Turner says survivors, investigators and prosecutors need to be empowered.
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A recent report says the overall rate of rape in Ohio decreased, but those numbers went up in every major city.

As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, advocates were on Capitol Square to push for a piece of legislation they believe will crack down on sexual assaults.
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The statute of limitations for reporting a sexual assault is set at 20 years, some lawmakers say this standard is arbitrary and Senate Democrats are calling on the General Assembly to pass a bill that would have it eliminated.

Leaders believe getting rid of the statute of limitations would result in putting more rapists behind bars and bringing justice for the victims.

Democratic Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland says sexual assaults are one of the most under-reported crimes in the country.

“So we need to empower survivors to come forward when they feel safe and we need to empower investigators and prosecutors to look at the cases and take the whole body of evidence into account.”

The legislators are calling on the Republican Senate leadership to hold more hearings on their bill. The bill hasn’t appeared in committee since last May.
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