Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault in Idaho
We just finished up our annual child abuse prevention campaign and this is when I get the most questions asked. Great information to know about the time periods that you can report molestation. Is there a statute of limitations?
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this is also the kick-off to our annual awareness campaign, Live For 175. We just celebrated ten years of spreading the message, "It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child." The number of emails, phone calls, and in person confessions I've received is alarming. The scary part is how much you realize that it exists and how bad it can be.
For instance: Did you know that incest (sexual relations between family members or close relatives) is the most widespread form of sexual child abuse in the state of Idaho? I think growing up when I thought of things like abuse and rape, it was a person getting attacked in a dark alley. You watch movies or specials and that's just what you think. That's actually not even close to the truth.
Did you know that victims of sexual assault know their attacker 73% of the time? 38% were friends, 28% was an intimate partner, and 7% was a relative. That set of nationwide stats should shake you to the core. I really always thought of those tragic incidents as something that occurred from a stranger. You can see I was completely wrong.
What if you were to find out that someone you know was sexually assaulted a long time ago and finally had the courage to talk about it? That brings us to the question of the day.
Is there a statute of limitations on child molestation?
The statute of limitations is the amount of time that in which legal proceedings may be initiated. These vary from state to state. Here's how Idaho sets the statute of limitations on various crimes per the Idaho Legislature.