Statutory rape is still consensual sex. When I was thirteen someone tried to molest me and I pushed him and ran away. I have a hard time believing a 17 year old is a victim in any way especially in our hyper-sexualized culture. Every country in Europe the age of consent is lower than 18. So a man has sex with a 16 year old in a state where its legal and its a good time and if the same act happens in another state he is a predator or a pedaphile? Give me a fricken break, grow up people.. Most people know exactly what they are doing sexually by 15 and only bitter vindictive and disfunctional loser women report stat "rape" after a year or two.
Statutory rape involves many cases where the victim is unable to come to terms with the assault and rape until many years later. A statute of limitations on these crimes enables the rapist to think that, if they do enough mental damage to the victim, then they won't come out with the accusation until after the statute of limitations has passed. This would reduce the effectiveness of the justice system and encourage horrible behavior.
There should not be a statue of limitations for statutory rape. I think that as long as a case can be proven against the individual then it deserves to be heard by the judge. I think that it would be wrong to put a time limit on this because sometimes they are not easy to catch.
I do not think there should be a statute of limitation for any major crime, at all. Just because time has passed doesn't mean that it's okay. I never really understood this ridiculous case. As for statutory rape, this crime should always be evaluated on a case to case basis.
I do not believe that there should be a statute of limitations for statutory rape. I think that such a horrible crime should not have a time frame in which the guilty can avoid any type of punishment for their crime. I think just like murder, there shouldn't be a time frame for the crime.