Another positive step for victims' rights: Governor Brown Signs “Justice for Victims Act”

SACRAMENTO – After earning unanimous bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly, Governor Jerry Brown today signed SB 813 authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will eliminate the statute of limitations for rape and related crimes in California. 

Co-sponsored by San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos and the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC), SB 813 will ensure justice for victims and survivors of felony sexual offenses by allowing the indefinite criminal prosecution of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration.  Existing California law presently generally limits the prosecution of a felony sexual offense to only 10 years after the offense is committed, unless DNA evidence is found which then offers a victim additional time.  According to the United States Department of Justice, only two in 100 rapists will be convicted of a felony and spend any time in prison.  The other 98 percent will never be punished for their crime.

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Governor, you and I have spoken many times in the past on these kinds of issues, including AB 109, the ramifications of Prop 47. While we may have disagreed on some of these matters, you and I have always agreed that the most serious sex offenders and child molesters should be held responsible at the highest level.
— Mike Ramos (in a letter to Gov. Brown urging him to sign SB 813)

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