Griffey bill to eliminate statute of limitations on sex crimes passes House

The Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would eliminate the statute of limitations on certain felony sex offenses.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Dan Griffey, says current law does too little to encourage victims to report the abuse.

“Given that rape and other sex crimes can often be serial in nature, it's important we empower survivors to come forward so we can put an end to the abuse and assault and bring these perpetrators to justice,” said Griffey, R-Allyn. “Sadly, our current statute of limitations laws subject survivors to a seemingly arbitrary deadline and stifle the voices of those who finally muster the strength to come forward. Washington can do better than that.”

House Bill 1155 would allow prosecutors to bring charges at any time after the commission of certain sex crimes, including rape and rape of a child, child molestation, and sexual exploitation of a minor. Currently, Washington's statute of limitations laws differ depending on the age of the victim, the crime committed, and other factors.

The bill passed 90-8 and now advances to the Senate for further consideration.


Washington State House Republican Communications