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What is the statute of limitation on rape?

Gay, GA |

I need to know if it is too late to bring charges for rape against someone that has committed the act again since me. Someone has to do something.

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15 years, unless there is DNA evidence. If there is DNA then no limitations period exists. The offence must actually be rape for this limitation period to be applicable. Sexual battery and other related crimes have different limitations periods.

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Are you asking from the standpoint of pursing a civil claim - for money damages?

Generally the statute of limitations in Georgia is 2 years. It may be longer under some circumstances.


The statute of limitations is one thing; but if you did not report the event at the time, reporting it now may not result in a case against him for that act. But it may help a prosecution for the second act. Was the second act reported to police? If so, go talk to the police who handled that investigation, and they will take it from there.

Good luck.

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