SPRINGFIELD – A new law will remove the statute of limitations for sexual assault crimes in Illinois.
House Bill 2135 will remove the statute of limitations for the prosecution of sexual assault crimes against adults. General Counsel for the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Sarah Beuning said the new law was “a very big deal in the message it sends to survivors about how serious sexual assault is as a crime.”
Beuning said the existing statute of limitations required sexual assault victims to report the crime to law enforcement within three years and allowed prosecutors up to ten years to file charges against the offender.
Lawmakers passed the bill this spring. Oswego State Representative Keith Wheeler introduced the measure in the House, and Aurora State Senator Linda Holmes introduced the Senate version.