Proposed changes to statute of limitations

Proposed changes to statute of limitations

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also new this morning local advocacy groups for survivors of sexual assault are throwing their support behind two proposed bills they’re aimed to help in pursuing justice each bill calls for lawmakers to change the statute of limitations currently in place which would allow more time for prosecutors to pursue their cases mr. Jackson reporter ashley harding turns us live this morning and Ashley if enacted these changes would be very significant yes they would Bruce good morning and you know these because like these people say that it can take survivors years to come forward and I talked to he’s like a director the Women’s Center here in Jacksonville and she actually tells me last year 352 men and women came in for a forensic exam that was within five days of the assaults now she also tells me if these changes were approved by Florida law makers it would add another safeguard for survivors from the moment a survivor of sexual assault comes to the Women’s Center of Jacksonville they are immediately made to feel safe the building inside is decorated with art and support us at every corner as executive director Teresa miles shows me the group has thought of everything to help so you’ll see some healing artwork on the walls you’ll see that we we’ve structured the exam rooms with a wall to allow for privacy the message is simple survivors are not alone I think closure is really something that doesn’t happen for sexual assault survivors what what does happen is the opportunity for coping for healing miles believes justice can help with the healing process Florida lawmakers will soon look at two bills aimed to make that easier if passed House bill 83 would increase the statute of limitations to 15 years that’s nearly double what is currently allowed under Florida law Senate bill 130 would go a step further and would eliminate the statute of limitations for survivors under the age of 18 miles says these types of survivors have come to the women’s center as adults oftentimes it’s family it’s someone that you know and someone that you trust it could take years for you to be able to speak about that you know so placing a limitation on that is very difficult by changing the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape cases in the state of Florida some survivors could feel more empowered to report their attack Teresa miles tells me since the me2 movement has become more public the group has seen about a 53 percent increase in people calling it will take some time for these bills to make their way through the Florida Legislature but miles believes they are a big step in helping survivors in House bill 83 also calls for the FDLE to develop a better system for tracking rape kits this would have to be in place by 2020 now if you head over to our website news for Jax comm we’ve posted a lot more information about the Women’s Center of Jacksonville including the number for the 24-hour rape crisis hotline reporting live this morning ashley harding channel for the local station

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