Why Is There A Statute Of Limitation On Rape?

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Many U.S. states have a statute of limitations on rape which create an expiration date for the crime. So why do statutes of limitations exist?

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Bill Cosby and the case for ending statutes of limitations on rape
http://www.vox.com/2016/1/6/10722646/bill-cosby-rape-statute-limitations
“Bill Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women over a period of five decades, but so far only one case has resulted in criminal charges.”

No More Statutes of Limitations for Rape
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/01/opinion/no-more-statutes-of-limitations-for-rape.html?_r=1
“THIS week, Bill Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The felony charges stemmed from an incident more than a decade ago, in which Andrea Constand says Mr. Cosby drugged and assaulted her in his home. ”

Statutes of Limitations for Sexual Assault
http://victimsofcrime.org/docs/DNA%20Resource%20Center/sol-for-sexual-assault-check-chart—final—copy.pdf?sfvrsn=2
“This chart summarizes the applicable state statutes of limitations for the prosecution of various sexual assault crimes.”

Why Bill Cosby isn’t going to jail, despite his shocking testimony
http://www.vox.com/2014/11/20/7255095/bill-cosby-rape-lawsuit
“This week, the Associated Press obtained court documents that showed Bill Cosby admitted under oath in 2005 that he had procured Quaaludes, a sedative, to give to women he was planning to have sex with.”

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