A St. Peter state lawmaker is backing a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations on sex offenses in Minnesota.
Democrat Representative Jeff Brand signed on because he said the #metoo movement has shown how powerful the impact such crimes can have on their victims and, “There’s some trauma associated with that over time; that never goes away.”
The statute of limitations on rape and related crime in Minnesota is a mixed bag right now, depending on the severity of the charges and the age of the victim. Current state law gives an unlimited amount of time to report sexual assault only if DNA evidence is collected and preserved; the crime is first-, second- or third-degree criminal sexual conduct; and the assault happened after August 1st, 2000. In cases of sex trafficking or sexual assault of a child, there is a nine-year window to report such abuse.
Brand added, “We’re finding out through the #metoo movement there are a lot of people that have legitimate claims and, unfortunately, they never felt that they were in a position to report the claim and the pain still goes on and the act still occurred.”
It is one of the most violent crimes committed, Brand said, “Especially for some of the worst crimes of another human being like that, in a sexual way? Yeah, I’m looking to have a good conversation.”
D.F.L. Representative Aisha Gomez of Minneapolis is the chief author of the bill. Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato has also signed on to the legislation.