I’m not going to bother trying to figure out whether Bill Cosby raped 15+ women. That’s for a court of law to determine, but then again, maybe it isn’t.
Let me explain.
What I should have typed is: ‘That should be for a court of law to determine’.
As I watched various news sources reporting on the allegations of rape made against Bill Cosby, one thing became frighteningly, terrifyingly real – he might never face criminal charges because apparently, parts of America have a crazy, stupid, mind-blowing statute of limitations on rape cases. In Canada (where I live) there is no statute of limitations on anything, except ‘lesser (summary) crimes and misdemeanors’.
Look, if you owe a few bucks or are caught jaywalking or something, I can see there being a statute of limitations.
If you drug and rape someone, you shouldn’t get off free as a bird. There is a clear difference between jaywalking and raping someone.
I’m not saying Bill Cosby is guilty, but he should definitely face prosecution (if those women wish to press charges) for something as heinous as possibly raping someone. If he’s innocent, then he’ll be exonerated, but a ridiculous statute of limitations on something as serious as rape is un-freaking-believable.
Especially when you consider that rape is one of the least reported crimes:
“We all know that rape and sexual assault are the most underreported crimes in the world, and it’s very hard to say that the problem is declining,” Christopher Krebs, a sexual violence researcher at nonprofit research institute RTI International, told Slate this week. “The NCVS data could be missing a lot.”
Get rid of those statutes of limitations and prosecute sexual assault when you can. Not only are these statutes of limitation silly, but they’re extremely dangerous because they could allow rapists to get off the hook and continue sexually assaulting people in the future.