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Committee hears from supporters of bill for unlimited statute of limitations

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Rape survivor Danielle Tudor Rape survivor Danielle Tudor

Two Salem women are fighting to change an Oregon law after surviving sexual assaults. They want an unlimited statute of limitations, and currently the limit is 12 years.

A Senate committee heard from people in favor of a bill that would allow suspects to be prosecuted no matter how much time has passed, as long as there is new evidence. 

One woman who spoke in favor of the bill is Danielle Tudor. She was 17 when a stranger broke into her family's southeast Portland home and raped her in 1979. He was later identified as the so-called "Jogger Rapist" Richard Gillmore, but her case against him was too old to prosecute.

"As we've talked about, there are many reasons why a victim does not report right away," Tudor said. "In my case, we did. We did report right away and we still didn't get justice."

Last year, the statute of limitations for rape victims was extended from six years to 12 years.

The Senate committee is set to discuss the bill further on Tuesday.

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