State Senator Connie Leyva said in a statement, “Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired.” Californians’ ability to try a crime on rape and other acts of sexual assault was previously limited to 10 years. On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Justice for Victims Act, which removes the statute of limitations on sexual abuse of a child, rape, sodomy, and sexual penetration. Both Democrats and Republicans showed unanimous support for the bill which was written by members of the California Women’s Law Center. Leyva said, “We know it affects your life forever. We just want to make sure you always have the opportunity to seek justice.”