Griffey seeks to expand justice for victims of sexual violence

A bill sponsored by Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, to eliminate the statutes of limitations for certain sex crimes was granted a public hearing in Olympia Monday.

House Bill 2873 would remove statutes of limitations for certain felony sex offenses, including, but not limited to, rape and rape of a child, child molestation, and sexual exploitation of a minor.

“Victims of sexual violence rarely come forward to tell their story, and I believe we must provide additional outlets for victims to seek justice,” said Griffey. “Sexual violence touches so many of us, from victims to family and friends of victims, and it is not something that gets easier to cope with as years pass. We must continue our fight to help those victimized by such heinous acts.”

According to 2012 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five women and one in seventy-one men report experiencing rape during their lives. Additionally, 42.2 percent of female rape victims and 29.9 percent of male rape victims were first raped before the age of 18.

Victims shared their personal stories and testified in support of the bill during the public hearing Monday morning.

Griffey serves on the House Public Safety Committee where the bill was heard, and the bill is scheduled for an executive session Friday, Feb. 5.

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