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COLUMBUS, Ohio - State Senators Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) are calling for additional hearings on Senate Bill 83, legislation that would repeal the statute of limitations for the prosecution of rape and sexual battery cases.

Current state law sets the statute of limitations at 20 years, and if enacted, SB 83 would provide law enforcement more time to investigate these crimes once they are reported. According to Human Rights Watch, rape has the lowest prosecution rate of all violent crimes in the United States.

At a press conference held at the state house on Tuesday, Senator Cafaro said "Justice should not have an arbitrary timeline."

"This legislation makes sense for victims and law enforcement," said Senator Turner. "A paltry number of reported rapes result in even the apprehension of a suspect, and an untold number more are not reported at all. When victims are ready to come forward, law enforcement should be able to pursue justice if the evidence is there."

A survivor of rape and child abuse, Carson Tompkins, also urged support of Senate Bill 83. "Everyone should lend their support to this bill because it allows victims to take power back from their attackers, and allows the victim to come to terms in their own way at their own pace," Tompkins said.

Senate Bill 83 is currently in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

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