Advocates call on lawmakers to scrap statute of limitations on sex assault

Advocates call on lawmakers to scrap statute of limitations on sex assault

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MONEY LAUNDERING.ROBERT:WHEN PEOPLE REPORT SEXUAL ASSAULT, CENTRAL TEXANS RARELY TURN THOSE REPORTS INTO CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS.THAT’S THE FINDING OF A NEW REPORT FROM A COALITION OF ADVOCATES KNOWN AS THE AUSTIN-TRAVIS COUNTY SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE AND RESOURCE TEAM.KXAN’S PHIL PRAZAN REPORTS THEY WANT TEXAS LAWMAKERS TO SCRAP THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT. PHIL PRAZAN, @PHILPRAZAN – – ASKING LAWMAKERS TO CHANGE WHAT’S ON THE BOOKS BECAUSE THEY SAY REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT HARDLY EVER TURN INTO PUNISHMENT. FROM SUMMER 2016 TO SUMMER 2017, ON THE FAR LEFT – 224 REPORTS CAME INTO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. ONLY 77 WERE PICKED UP FOR PROSECUTION.SEVERAL PLEAD TO LESSER CHARGES BUT ONLY ONE WAS FOUND “GUILTY AS CHARGED”. SO THEY WANT TO MAKE ADULT SEXUAL ASSAULT – WHICH HAS A 10 YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATION – TO BE MORE LIKE CHILD SEX ASSAULT WITH NO LIMIT. DANA NELSON, CO-CHAIR – SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE AND RESOURCE TEAM – – IT FEELS ARBITRARY RIGHT. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REPORTING IT IN YEAR NINE AND REPORTING IT IN YEAR ELEVEN.” DANA NELSON IS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE AND RESOURCE TEAM, WHO WROTE THE REPORT AND WILL LOBBY LAWMAKERS NEXT YEAR. DANA NELSON, CO-CHAIR – SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE AND RESOURCE TEAM — REALLY IT’S JUST AFFORDING SURVIVORS THE SPACE AND TIME TO REPORT WHEN THEY’RE READY.” LAWYER BRIAN ROAK SAYS THE CHANGE WON’T MATTER MUCH.FEW CASES THAT STRETCH BACK MORE THAN 10 YEARS HAVE RELIABLE RECOLLECTIONS THAT WOULD HELP PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE CRAFT CASES THEY COULD BRIAN ROARK, DEFENSE ATTORNY – – CAN YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE TWENTY YEARS AGO ON TODAY’S DATE. NO. MOST PEOPLE CAN’T. CAN YOU REMEMBER 10 YEARS AGO. CAN YOU REMEMBER HONESTLY A YEAR AGO. PHIL PRAZAN, @PHILPRAZAN – – LAST YEAR LAWMAKERS MADE IT EASIER TO PROSECUTE PERPETRATORS OF SEX TRAFFICKING AND THEY’RE HOPING FOR THE SAME THING HERE. LAWMAKERS RETURN TO THE CAPITOL IN JANUARY 2019. PHIL PRAZAN. KXAN NEWS. ROBERT:WE TOOK A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NUMBERSIN ONE YEAR, THE SAFE ALLIANCE FORENSIC NURSING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM HELPED 541 CLIENTS.94 PERCENT OF THOSE VICTIMS WERE WOMEN.41 PERCENT WERE WHITE.38 PERCENT WERE HISPANIC.NEARLY HALF OF THE VICTIMS WERE SEXUALLY

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