Several years ago, Illinois eliminated the statutes of limitations on child sex abuse crimes. This had a lasting impact on the way sex abuse crimes are handled in the state. What does this mean for you if you are currently facing allegations related to these crimes?
The Chicago Tribune recently reported that all major sex crimes have had their statutes of limitations eliminated. This means prosecutors do not have a time limit in which they can bring forth charges for any sexual offense regardless of the age of the victim in question. Currently, this includes child sex abuse crimes, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and criminal sexual assault. Previously, prosecutors had 10 years to bring a case before a judge. A victim had 3 years to report the crime to authorities in order for it to be eligible for a court hearing, as well.
Some speculate that these changes are in response to the increase of sexual assault survivors coming forward in the wake of the MeToo Movement. These changes allow adults to come forward and pursue damages for sexual abuse they allegedly faced as children, no matter how far in the past the alleged abuse occurred. While this system can be beneficial for some, it also potentially creates an opportunity for those with ill intentions to create allegations that can ruin a person’s life.
If you are currently facing allegations of a sex abuse crime against a minor, consider seeking the aid of an attorney. If convicted, you could face huge damages that can be difficult to recover from.