Santiago, Chile, Jul 13, 2019 / 14:49 pm
Chile has removed the statute of limitation on sex crimes against children and adolescents, though the new law is not retroactive. The move comes in the wake of major controversies about abusive Catholic clergy and attempts at reform in the Catholic Church in Chile.
"Beginning today, the passing of time will never more be an accomplice to those who abuse our children, nor an ally of impunity," said Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, a center-right politician who signed the bill into law July 11.
The bill was first proposed in 2010, Reuters reports. Going forward, there will be no statute of limitations on rape, sexual abuse, production of pornographic materials and prostitution where children and adolescents are the victims.
Depending on the crime, previous limitations on prosecution ranged from five to 10 years after the alleged incident.