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Can you please tell me what the statute of limitations is for rape, both for criminal and civil cases?

I was a victim of sexual assault many years ago while in the military, on post overseas. I am just now beginning to deal with the reality of what happened, and am seeking closure.

Thank you for your help.

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. Unfortunately, I don't have a definitive answer. I have a few "I thinks":

1.) I think you can report rapes up to a year after they happened.
2.) There might be some exception for those under 18.
3.) I think this varies state-by-state, so you should call your state department.

To find out all of the above--and given that you were in the military, I would suggest starting with the U.S. Justice Department. Bonnie Campbell runs their Violence Against Women Office --and she is very responsive to these concerns/issues. I suggest that you contact her directly.


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