Statute of Limitations for Rape Cases Eliminated

Sen. Shimabukuro and the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced SB 2687 and HB 2034, which eliminates the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extends the time limit to file civil lawsuits.

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro and the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced SB 2687 and HB 2034, which eliminates the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extends the time limit to file civil lawsuits.

Great news for sex abuse victims — the Legislature eliminated the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extended the time limit to file civil lawsuits. Here is more information about HB 2034, which the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced, and SB 2687, which I introduced:

HB 2034 eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for sex assault in the 1st and 2nd degree, and continuous sex assault of a minor under 14 years of age. Link to the bill here.

SB 2687:

  • extends the “window” to file civil lawsuits in child sex abuse cases where the Statue of Limitations (“SOL”) had previously expired, for 2 more years, until April 2016
  • allows child sex abuse victims to bring civil lawsuits up until age 26, or 3 years from the date they discover repressed memories of the abuse
  • continues to apply the “gross negligence” standard if the lawsuit includes the alleged perpetrator’s employer
  • adds the state as a potential employer who can be sued under the window

Link to the bill here.

For more on the Child Sex Abuse Window, go here.

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