In January, I was proud to co-sponsor and help pass the Time’s Up Act. This law extends the time limit for prosecuting sexual assault and requires expanded sexual harassment training at work. Most importantly, it will give survivors of sexual assault a greater opportunity to pursue justice in our courts. On Oct. 1, it became law.
Before Tuesday, Connecticut had one of the shortest statutes of limitations in the country for rape of an adult. Only two states had shorter limits. Unacceptably, rape victims were unable to pursue justice in a criminal court more than five years after the attack occurred. Although longer limits were available if DNA evidence was immediately collected by officials, the majority of victims do not report, and certainly not immediately.