Originally posted by sh76
23 seems about right. That gives a victim 5 years after turning adult to come forward. Since most of these cases are fundamentally "he said - he said" and the defendant's reputation is often ruined regardless of the outcome of the trial, I think there's a strong public policy interest in ensuring that these are settled as close in time to the events as reasonab ...[text shortened]... , the victim cannot come forward, I'm okay with there being no statute of limitations on murder.
"23 seems about right. That gives a victim 5 years after turning adult to come forward."
yeah! as we all know, 18 is the exact moments all humans turn adult. well, the kind of adult that can go die in your wars. not the kind that is trusted to buy alcohool.
but you're right, someone who went through trauma has more than enough time until 23 to get support from friends, to decide if he wants to go through with a rape trial, to decide if people will believe him/her, if they will side with the rapist (who often is a person in a position of power and very respected in the community)
"the defendant's reputation is often ruined regardless of the outcome of the trial"
oh, gosh, we wouldn't want to inconvenience a rapist, now, would we.
the "reputation" of the defendant being ruined is the fault of the community. not the legal system's. if a crime has been committed, the victim has the right to report it whenever they feel like it, with the caveat that the evidence might not be sufficient after a time. but not lose the right entirely after a randomly chosen period of time.
"50 is just plain ridiculous."
for civil cases. not criminal cases. and it's still a matter of going through a civil trial, as usual.
"Do you really want middle aged adults suddenly coming forward and saying "I was molested in 1974" "
bloody yes. especially since we know how we treat rape victims TODAY. especially since we know how many rape cases go unreported TODAY. i am sure we treat them even worse then.
it's not your job to decide if there is a case. it's not a politician's job to decide if there is a case, mr small government. it's a judge's job. a prosecutor's job. in your case, a jury's