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California Rape Statute of Limitations Now Has No End

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Comedian Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after a pretrial conference related to aggravated indecent assault charges on Sept. 6, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 30 Sep 2016 06:16 AM

California’s statute of limitations for rape has ended, and some are thanking Bill Cosby for that, after accusations pinning the famous actor to alleged crimes surfaced many decades later.

Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed the Justice for Victims Act on Wednesday, abolishing California’s 10-year statute of limitations for rape, child molestation and other sex crimes, The Huffington Post reported.

The act will be in full effect starting in 2017.

“Rape survivors face many barriers to reporting this crime, but an arbitrary legal time limit is no longer a barrier in California,” Caroline Heldman, an Occidental College professor who co-chaired the EndRapeSOL campaign that called for this law, said, according to The Huffington Post.

Senator Connie Leyva, who introduced the bill, said this new law lets sexual assault victims know that they can seek justice “regardless of when they are ready to come forward,” BBC News reported.

“Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired,” Leyva added.

California is now one of 18 states that have eliminated the statute of limitations on rape, according to The Associated Press.

The abolishment comes after dozens of women accused Bill Cosby of sexual abuse. In one incident, which was said to have taken place in Philadelphia, prosecutors couldn’t charge Cosby because the alleged incident had happened too far in the past, The Huffington Post noted.

Though the new law is not retroactive, that didn’t stop six of Cosby’s accusers from testifying in favor of the California bill earlier this year.

“It puts sexual predators on notice that the passage of time may no longer protect them from serious criminal consequences for their acts of sexual violence,” Gloria Allred, an attorney representing several of Cosby’s accusers, said, according to The Huffington Post.

According to Reuters, Cosby, who spent a great deal of his career as a family friendly comedian on his long-running NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show,” has consistently denied ever sexually assaulting anyone, saying that all of his sexual encounters were consensual.

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