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WorldTearful Mira Sorvino says 'I was date-raped,' advocates for statute of limitations changes

01:40  13 june  2019
01:40  13 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Statutes of limitations are as old as Roman law, and their goal, now as then, is to help balance two competing interests: maintaining public safety and protecting defendants from wrongful charges. Advocates have pressed hard for the abolishment of statutes of limitations for felony sexual assaults.

A statute of limitations is a law passed by a legislative body in a common law system to set the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be initiated. When the period of time specified in a statute of limitations passes, a claim might no longer be filed, or, if filed

Tearful Mira Sorvino says 'I was date-raped,' advocates for statute of limitations changes© Amy Sussman/Invision/AP Mira Sorvino believes the key to eradicating sexual misconduct lies more in preventative education than in “naming and shaming” the perpetrators. Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino tearfully revealed Wednesday that she is a "survivor of date rape."

"I've never said that in public and I do not want to go into detail," she said, her voice breaking, as she appeared at a press conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

He and sexual-assault advocates are trying to pressure the state legislature to drop the state's statute of limitations on rape allegations and make it easier to press sexual harassment allegations. Sorvino was there to lend her voice of experience.

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Mira Sorvino . The Oscar-winning actress reveals what happened after she came forward against the It was still an agonizing decision. I have been an advocate for women and girl victims as UNODC goodwill 2. That the statute of limitations on sexual harassment or abuse should be abolished.

Welcome to Statues of Limitations 101. Statutes of limitations are as varied as they are important. For example, the statute of limitations for rape in Alaska is unlimited: prosecutors can always bring charges against someone suspected of rape , no matter how much time has passed.

"I have never said that last part ever in public because it's impossible sometimes to share these sorts of things and I'm doing it here to try and help," Sorvino said.

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States may establish statutes of limitations for different reasons. For example, a statute may exist because it would be difficult to prosecute a case after a certain period of time passes. Before the statute of limitations can be said to apply, the alleged offense must fall under the definition of rape .

However, that change likely will not impact the Golden State Killer -- believed to have committed 12 murders and about 50 rapes in the 1970s and In other words, the revised law applies only to crimes committed after January 1, 2017, and offenses for which the statute of limitations had not expired by

The New York native was in Albany to push for a measure ending what’s known as the “severe or pervasive” standard for sexual harassment. Under state and federal law, harassment must be considered severe or pervasive in order to rise to the level of a hostile work environment.

That standard would be changed in state law under a bill proposed by Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, D-Pelham, Westchester County, and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, D-Queens.

The measure would make it illegal for an employer to subject an individual to any discriminatory harassment based on age, race, creed, colour, sex, gender identity or a number of other protected classes, regardless of whether it is severe or pervasive.

"You feel shame. You feel like somehow it was your fault, that you should have been smarter, that you should have protected yourself better, you should have not taken that drink, who knows what was in it," Sorvino continued Wednesday. "That somehow you got yourself into this situation."

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Are there statutes of limitations on sexual abuse crimes in New York? Unlike most states, New York does not have a specific statute of limitations (SOL) for sexual abuse, instead relying on the type of claim filed to determine what the SOL would be .

The civil statute of limitations , for example, employs a unique provision that greatly extends the window of time a victim of sexual assault has to file a Additionally, it is important to remember that the criminal statute of limitations that will apply is the one that was in place at the time of the crime itself.

Tearful Mira Sorvino says 'I was date-raped,' advocates for statute of limitations changes© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Cuomo applauded Sorvino's courage, saying in the Capitol's ornate Red Room, "I've been in this room many, many times on many issues, and I don't think I've ever heard a more intelligent, powerful, persuasive point that you just made."

Sorvino is one of the most prominent leaders of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to call out sexual misconduct in Hollywood. She has previously alleged she's been sexually harassed, sexually battered and assaulted and even gagged with a condom during an audition when she was teenager,

She was one of the first accusers of Harvey Weinstein, the fallen movie mogul who she says blacklisted her from movie roles for resisting his sexual advances in the past.

She accused him of sexual harassment and battery and generally uncouth behaviour. He is now charged in New York with five sex-crimes involving two women (neither of them Sorvino) and is expected to go on trial in the fall.

Weinstein is the first and most consequential Hollywood figure to be criminally charged in the #MeToo deluge of accusations that began pouring out in the fall of 2017.

Beyond Weinstein, Sorvino also has spoken out about the casting-couch mentality that ruled Hollywood in her youth, when she says she lost multiple roles because she wouldn't jump on the couch when demands were made by directors or casting agents.

In an interview with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's podcast In Conversation, she told a shocking story of an audition for a horror movie when she was 16. She says a casting director tied her to a chair, bruised her arm and gagged her.

"And I was all game because I'm trying to be scared for the scene," she said. "And at the end, he takes the gag out of my mouth and he says, sorry for the prophylactic...That was one of my introductions to how the acting system works."

Sorvino won an Oscar for her role in Woody Allen's 1995 film, "Mighty Aphrodite."

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