Protest At Cosby's Star Calls For End Of Statute Of Limitations For Rape Cases
Protestors gathered at Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame to call for an end to California's statute of limitations in rape cases.The crowd gathered at the star, located near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and North Orange Drive, and held signs and chanted, "Hey hey, ho ho, the 10-year limit has got to go." According to the campaign End Rape SOL, who organized the rally, "it often takes years for rape survivors to report this crime due to fear, stigma, and victim blaming." Two Cosby accusers, Lili Bernard and Victoria Valentino, spoke at the rally.
California's statute of limitations is 10 years for rape cases, except in cases where the victim is a minor or when DNA evidence "conclusively" identifies a suspect. Several states don't have a statute of limitations on rape cases.
The majority of the accusations against Cosby fall beyond the statute of limitations, with exceptions including Chloe Goins', who says she was sexually assaulted in 2008 at the Playboy Mansion, and Judy Huth's, who said she was 15 when Cosby assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.
Despite the public outcry, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame star won't be removed. Last December, it was vandalized when somebody wrote the word "rapist" on it several times.
On Friday, the California State University board of trustees revoked the honorary degree he received from Cal Poly Pomona in 1992.