Cuomo signs bill extending statute of limitations for rape

Cuomo signs bill extending statute of limitations for rape
Actresses Mira Sorvino, right, and Julianne Moore look on as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks before signing a bill that increases the statute of limitations in rape cases during a bill signing ceremony in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The actresses were there as supporters of the bill and as members of the Time's Up movement, which advocates for women's rights. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill extending the statute of limitations for second and third-degree rape.

The Democratic governor was joined by actresses Mira Sorvino and Julianne Moore as well as activists from the group Time’s Up as he signed the measure at his Manhattan office Wednesday.

The new law extends the statute of limitations from five years to 20 years for second-degree rape and from five years to 10 years for third-degree rape. Second- and third-degree rape can be charged under New York law when a victim cannot consent to sex either because of age or incapacity.

Sorvino has spoken before about being a survivor of date rape. She said every time someone stands up to “rape culture” it means “we stand up for all of us.”