Bill moves forward that would eliminate time limit for reporting rape cases

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday for a bill that would eliminate the time limit for reporting rape. 

Senate Bill 287, proposed by Sen. Harold Jones, D-Augusta, would also eliminate the statute of limitations for reporting cases of aggravated sexual battery and aggravated sodomy. Under current law there, is a 15-year time limit for reporting rape and a seven-year time limit for reporting aggravated sexual battery. 

Jones called the current statute of limitations “arbitrary.”

“No one is sitting around waiting for 15 years without a reason,” he said.

During a press conference before the hearing, Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta, recalled her experience with assault, and she emphasized her support for the bill. 

James said she was working late at the post office when she was 18, and a friend offered her a ride home. She said he took to a dark area, where she fought him off as he tried to assault her, leaving her with “bruises for weeks.” 

Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, said the Georgia House is preparing a similar bill.

“Georgia should no longer reward sex offenders for being good at running out the clock,” he said. 

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