PORTLAND, TEXAS – Democratic challenger Kim Gonzalez issued a statement today in support of Senator Wendy Davis’ proposal to end the statute of limitations in prosecuting rape cases.
Texas must eliminate the statute of limitations for rape so that sexual predators can no longer use the law to escape prosecution and their victims can hope that justice will be served, said Kim Gonzalez, the Democratic candidate running against incumbent J.M. Lozano in Texas State House District 43.
Gonzalez has seen the problem first-hand as a tough and trusted Assistant District Attorney for Nueces County. She has won multiple awards for putting hundreds of sexual predators behind bars and away from our children.
“All it takes is looking in the eyes of one sexual assault survivor to know how important it is that no assailant slips through the cracks. In my career I’ve met hundreds of survivors, and have staked my reputation on making sure I can keep them safe.
“Too often a statute of limitations gives these criminals an unfair advantage. Even when DNA evidence ties them to the crime, they can get away scot free. Not only is it a miscarriage of justice, it lets down the survivors who have already braved scrutiny and stigma to come forward and report this crime.
“As State Representative, I would join Wendy Davis in making sure we do all we can to secure justice for the victims of these heinous crimes... The people of my District deserve to have a fighter standing up for them in Austin, and they can find that in me.“
Kim Gonzalez is a lifelong resident of Portland, Texas. She and her husband, Leo, have two children.
State House District 43 wraps around Nueces County and is comprised of Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg and San Patricio counties.