September 18, NY- Flanked by a jubilant Mira Sorvino and Julianne Moore of #TimesUp, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo signed extensions to the statute of limitations for reporting rape crimes throughout NY State. First degree rape victims have no statute of limitations. Second and third degree rape victims will have 20 and 10 years respectively.
Mira Sorvino made a heartfelt statement thanking the Governor but overlooking the most obvious and transformative change that’s still needed to actually conquer sexual assault….. enacting the correct definition for #Consent into the laws of New York: “Freely Given, Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement, #FGKIA!”
Nothing less than recognizing what consent truly means, will put an end to the heartless entitlement that enables sexual predators to pursue nonconsensual sex and continue the defilement that destroys lives.
While extending the statute of limitation enables victims to seek justice after the fact, defining consent in our laws will prevent sexual assaults from happening in the first place. Any effort to truly protect society to the utmost, as Sorvino stated as #TimesUp’s goal, must call for the true definition for consent in our laws!
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