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How a 2005 Ohio ‘tort reform’ law has cost child rape victims millions

BY: - November 1, 2021

Placing limits on the money juries can award to lawsuit winners was “urgently needed to restore balance, fairness and predictability” into Ohio’s court system, the authors of 2005 “tort reform” legislation wrote. The absence of such maximums, they said, would hold the door for open runaway juries demanding corporations pay outrageous sums in legal disputes. […]

In officer’s ‘false’ rape case, prosecutors want previous allegations against suspect withheld

BY: - October 12, 2021

A former Put-In-Bay police officer could face up to 18 months in prison after she was accused last summer of submitting a false accusation of rape against a “volunteer” police officer. Last week, a special prosecutor with the office of the Ohio Attorney General asked a judge to exclude evidence from the trial showing the […]

Dems push for legislation after Strauss dismissals

BY: - September 27, 2021

Days after lawsuits against a former OSU team doctor were dismissed because of the statute of limitations, Democratic state representatives want action to extend time and help to sexual assault survivors. A federal judge didn’t dispute the facts of the case in which Dr. Richard Strauss was accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of student athletes, […]

Marriage shouldn’t negate rape, bill supporters say

BY: - May 28, 2021

Supporters of a bill removing a loophole for spousal rape and sexual assault say the state needs to stop the double-standard that exists when it comes to sex crimes. Heather McComas-Harrison said she spoke from experience when imploring a House committee on Thursday to pass House Bill 121, to remove language in Ohio law that […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Previous sexual activity protected under rape-shield law

BY: - April 23, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled this week that previous sexual activity can’t be used as evidence against an accuser in rape cases. In an opinion released Wednesday, the high court upheld the conviction of Cedric Jeffries, convicted of kidnapping and rape. In the unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that the state’s rape-shield law applies […]

Rape survivors: Statute of limitations keeps us from justice

BY: - February 24, 2020

Closure takes time. Survivors of rape sometimes need more time than Ohio law gives them. That was the agreement of the women who came forward to implore an Ohio Senate committee to support the elimination of a statute of limitations on rape. Anna Cunningham spoke for herself, her daughter, and her son, who both experienced […]

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‘Serves no purpose in the function of the law:’ Prosecutors, researchers come out against rape statute of limitations

BY: - February 20, 2020

Supporters of an Ohio bill to eliminate the statute of limitations for rape included prosecutors, researchers and members of rape crisis centers from across the state. Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann and the Medina County and Cuyahoga County prosecutors say eliminating the 25-year statute of limitations will help prosecutors bring justice and help victims […]

Two more proposals seek to eliminate rape statute of limitations in Ohio

BY: - January 16, 2020

An Ohio House Democrat is adding two more proposals to the legislature’s list of bills seeking to remove the statute of limitations for rape from state law. On Tuesday, state Rep. John Rogers, D-Mentor-On-The-Lake, introduced House Bill 470 and House Bill 472, with the goal of eliminating the 25-year limit on prosecution of rape cases. […]

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Bill on rape statutes addresses marital rape loophole

BY: - December 12, 2019

With bipartisan support on the issue of removing the statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault in Ohio, legislators are hoping a bill recently introduced in the state Senate would also remove a loophole involving marital rights. Senate Bill 162 seeks to remove the statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault, which currently […]