At a news conference on Wednesday,Democratic gubernatorial candidate,state senator and serious inspiration (you might rememberthis filibusterlast year) Wendy Davisproposed ending the statute of limitations on sexual assault in Texas.In tweets on August 20,Davis wrote: "Eliminating the statute of limitations for rape will help ensure predators are brought to justice no matter when they committed the crime," as well as,"To turn around and make survivors pay the price for our failure and neglect by denying them justice is almost criminal in itself,"reports MSNBC.
Why is this a great idea?根据Houston Chronicle,in most cases,state law in Texasprohibits prosecution for rapes that happened 10 years prior.One problem with this is that the backlog of rape kits—that's the physical evidence collected from a woman—in Texas number around 20,000.Processing these kits takes time and money."Weeks of DNA analysis can cost between $500 and $1,500 a kit,and labs are often overwhelmed,"reportsThe Economist.
"While the bills I authored are helping to address the backlog of rape kits,the fact that we would throw survivors' trauma and courage on a shelf for months or years without a second thought is offensive to them and to everything we say we stand for," Davis said at a press conference Wednesday."But then to turn around and make survivors pay the price for our failure and neglect by denying them justice is almost criminal in itself."
Unfortunately,the bigger issue here is addressing the astonishing backlog of rape kits—and not just in Texas.Ending the statute of limitations is a good stopgap measure and,if passed,will hopefully help some victims get the justice and closure they deserve.
Will Texans stand with Davis and elect her as governor?We'll have to wait for November 4 for that answer.