As a victim of multiple rapes at the age of 6, would there be a case against the rapist now, 16 years after the rapes?

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As a victim of multiple rapes at the age of 6, would there be a case against the rapist now, 16 years after the rapes?

There was also another victim, during the same time frame, my older sister. And the rapist was a family member, our uncle. There was never any police reports filed or witnesses. He, the rapist, has since admitted the rapes to our mother.

Asked on July 31, 2012 under Criminal Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You and your sister must be two of the bravest and strongest women around to have survived such abuse and who are now willing to come forward.  You and your sister can corroborate the acts by coming forward and confirming he did this to both of you.  And yes, you have no yet reached the statute of limitations in Oregon.  Here is the statute:

http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/131.125

If what happened can be classified as rape in either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree and you have never reported it to the Department of Huam resources then you have until you are 30 to prosecute given you were under 18 when it happened.  Good luck to you all.


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