SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Rape victims and advocates came together on Tuesday to share their stories of survival and to push for a 20-year statute of limitations in Oregon for rape crimes.
“A stranger broke into my childhood home. Basically hunted me down in my home and raped me,” Danielle Tudor told KOIN 6. She says she is one of nine reported victims of Portland rapist Richard Gillmore.
Gillmore was convicted for a different rape, but because of Oregon’s statute of limitations he was not prosecuted for his crimes against Tudor.
Tudor is one of the many women advocating to lengthen the statute of limitations.
“It actually needs to be 20 years because if you go across the board and look at other states, Oregon, even at 12 years, we’re still going to be at the bottom,” Tudor says.
She is referring to a bill that has passed in the House to raise the statute of limitations to 12 years. It is currently with the Senate.
Senator Floyd Prozanski says that the bill isn’t proposing an increase to 20 years because “one of the things is that a person who’s been charged with a crime has a right to a speedy trial.”
Prozanski says he intends to hold a work group if the bill passes to discuss if a longer statute is needed.
Tudor however doesn’t think it will make a difference.
“That work group is nothing more than just to bury this bill,” she says.
A public hearing on the issue is taking place tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in Salem.