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Assembly Bill Would Remove Time Limit on Reporting Sexual Assault

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A Nevada lawmaker is proposing a bill that would remove the state's statute of limitations on sexual assault cases.

Democratic Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams is sponsoring Assembly Bill 212.

Bustamante Adams said the bill is necessary because a large percentage of women don't immediately report sexual assault, and that removing restrictions on the reporting process can help catch perpetrators.

Current law limits reporting on sexual assault cases to a four-year window before cases can no longer be filed. The Democratic lawmaker's bill would remove that restriction and bring sexual assault in line with murder and terrorism as crimes without a statute of limitations. 

Attorney Gloria Allred testified on behalf of four Nevada women that say Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them in the 1980s. She says passing AB212 could help future victims of rape or sexual assault. 

"We hope that Nevada will take the opportunity to show leadership and to say the victim should not be denied their day in court," Allred said.

Allred was joined by Lisa-Lotte Lublin, a Las Vegas teacher who says she was drugged by Cosby in 1989, but remembers very few details.  

Cosby cannot be charged for rape or sexual assault, in Nevada, because the statute of limitations has already expired.

"Sexual assault is a crime that causes long-term damage," Lublin testified. "Reporting the violation is extremely difficult to do and cannot be tethered to a time limit."

Lublin's husband testified about the emotional impact sexual assaults have on people. He says he was also sexually assaulted as a boy, 25 years ago.

"There's no reason to allow a rapist or an assault to get away with rape or sexual assault," Benjamin Lublin said. "And that's what the statute of limitations does."

If passed, charges could not be made retroactively because of constitutional reasons. It would only have an impact on future rape and sexual assault cases.

Bustamante Adams said similar legislation was brought forward in 1997 but was never approved. 

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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