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H.R. 2388: Harmony’s Law

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Should a five year statute of limitations apply to accused rapists in the military?


Statutes of limitations for rape — the time period after which a perpetrator can no longer be prosecuted — are handled state by state for civilian cases. But in military cases, the statute of limitations is set by Congress.

Rape cases in the military, tried by military courts, used to have a five-year statute of limitations. If the case wasn’t tried or the perpetrator wasn’t caught within five years, time was up. That was federal law up through 1986.

In 2006, Congress explicitly passed a law saying that rape in the military had no statute of limitations. The accused perpetrator could be tried at any time, even decades later if that’s when the victim ...

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Brian Mast

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 18th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 29, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Apr 29, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Apr 29, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 29, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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Chairs Of Servicewomen & Women Veterans Congressional Caucus Demand Congressional Hearings On Spc. Vanessa Guillen Murder, Comprehensive Review Of Sexual Harassment And Assault In The Armed Forces
    — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 30, 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Amendment to Defense Bill Would Bring Transparency to Impacts of Sexual Assault “Bad Paper” Discharges
    — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 22, 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls for Independent Investigation into Missing Soldier’s Disappearance
    — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 6, 2020

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Apr 29, 2019

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