Cosby Accusers Call for an End to Statute of Limitations on Rape Cases

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More than three dozen people gathered Saturday at Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to protest a law that they say prevents rape victims from fully seeking justice.

In the past year, more than 45 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault during his decades as an entertainer.

The legal deadline for prosecuting most rape cases in California is a decade, so many of the accusations will not be investigated. Cosby, 78, has never been charged with a crime, and has said that the encounters were consensual.

Eliminating the statute of limitations for rape, or at least extending it, would give assault survivors more time to heal, advocates said. Too often, they said, rape victims spend years grappling with the fear and shame of admitting what happened, only to learn that they’ve come forward too late.

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