The Statute of Silence

The general purpose of a statue of limitations is to ensure convictions are based upon evidence that has not deteriorated. With time, some memories become weaker and less reliable, physical evidence is destroyed or lost, and witnesses move or die. After the time period of the statute has run out, a criminal is essentially free. I’d like to focus on statutes of limitations pertaining to sexual assault, because data from the Department of Justice indicates that rape and sexual assault are the least reported violent crimes, with only around a third of victims reporting. Throughout the last year, various states’ statutes of limitation pertaining to sexual assault crimes have been a main focus in the media and bills across the nation. Continue reading The Statute of Silence

Let People Pee

Transgender. Transgender is defined as denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender. Recently, bills targeting transgender people have been making their way to state governments. Many people view these new bills being introduced as further isolating and stigmatizing the transgender population. Proponents of these bills believe they will protect everyone including young girls in restrooms. This article explains the background more in-depth. Continue reading Let People Pee