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We are committed to raising awareness about the importance of forensic DNA as a tool to help solve and prevent crime and bring justice to victims.

Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations Resources

The National Center for Victims of Crime, under a grant funded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce three new resources to the DNA Resource Center website.

  1. Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations / DNA Exception Chart

    This chart summarizes the applicable state statutes of limitations for the prosecution of various sexual assault crimes. The chart also highlights states that have a DNA exception to the statute of limitations. Though the specifics vary from state to state, a DNA exception allows for the tolling of a statute of limitations in cases where a perpetrator is later identified through DNA evidence.

  2. Why Test Rape Kits After the Statute of Limitations Has Expired?

    This document examines the importance of testing rape kits, even after the statute of limitations has expired. Testing all kits, regardless of the ability to prosecute, increases law enforcement’s ability to respond to victims, prevents future victimizations, and brings justice to victims.

  3. Increasing Victim’s Access to Justice: The Statute of Limitations and the Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases

    This document explains several legislative and common law provisions that can potentially expand the statute of limitations for sexual assault, such as DNA exceptions, John Doe warrants, and tolling provisions.

  4. Eliminating the statute of limitations in Ohio: Survivors deserve justice, no matter how long it takes

    Ohio blog about why Ohio should eliminate the statute of limitations from the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.


This project was supported by Grant No.2011-TA-AX-K048 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.