Bill would drop time limits for prosecuting, suing over rape


Some Democratic state lawmakers want Ohio to eliminate time limits on when people can be charged with or sued over rape or attempted rape.

Sen. Joe Schiavoni, of Boardman, announced a bill Wednesday that would lift the statute of limitations that currently allows for charges within 25 years of a rape or civil litigation within two years.

Schiavoni says there shouldn’t be a clock on survivors seeking justice in such cases.

He was joined by victims’ rights attorney Gloria Allred and two self-described sexual abuse survivors. One was former wrestler Mike DiSabato, who says he’s among many victims of alleged sexual misconduct decades ago by now-deceased Ohio State University doctor Richard Strauss.

Allred says the legislation probably wouldn’t directly benefit many survivors in that case but could help others.

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