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Cuomo: Rape statute an abject dereliction of justice

June 12, 2019 06:25 PM

ALBANY -  For far too long, Governor Andrew Cuomo asserts, women have suffered the indignity of sexual assaults only to be revictimized by the criminal justice system. Now, he says, is the time to turn women's pain into action.

"There comes a moment in time when society stands up and says enough is enough," the governor asserts.

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That's why Cuomo has made it a top priority to eliminate the 5-yeear statute of limitations for rape.

"There should be no statute of limitations for rape in the second or third degree," he states, "five years is an abject dereliction of justice."

To help drive home the point, the governor was joined at the Red Room news conference at the Capitol on Wednesday by Academy Award winning actress Mira Sorvino, who revealed for the first time publically that she is a date rape survivor.

"Growing up as I did in a Christian home, with a strong fundmentalist mother and patriartic Italian family, there is still a shame to anything sexual being public," Sorvino said, "so you don't want to air your dirty laundry to people even if it was not your fault."

The governor called Sorvino's plea for cultural change the "most intelligent, powerful, and persuasive" words he's ever heard spoken in the Red Room. He also stated the need for legal change is indisputable.

"Let's honor all the women who have suffered this pain and endured this humiliation," Cuomo stated, "Let's honor the women who have had the courage to come forward and tell their story."

Cuomo acknowledges that "large scale societal change can be difficult but not impossible", and now is the moment when it needs to happen.

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Dan Levy

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