Gov. Cuomo wants to repeal statute of limitations for second, third degree rapes

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Governor Cuomo is calling for changes in New York’s sexual harassment law. He held a news conference with actress Mira Sorvino today in Albany. 

He wants the state legislature to repeal the statute of limitations for rape in the second and third degrees. 

Right now, the statute is five years. Cuomo says lawmakers need to change that before they go home in a week. 

“There should be no statute of limitations for rape in the second and third degrees, as far as i’m concerned, but certainly five years is an abject dereliction of justice. And these changes have to be made now,” Cuomo said. 

The governor also called on lawmakers to change the definition of sexual harassment. 

Current law says harassment has to be “severe” or “pervasive” to be considered illegal. 

Cuomo called that a “terrible legal standard”.

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