(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
The statute of limitations on sexual harassment lawsuits will be extended from
three to seven years, according to a bill authorized by the Knesset Committee on
the Status of Women for its second and third (final) plenum readings on
The legislation, proposed by committee chairwoman Tzipi
Hotovely (Likud), is expected to be brought to its final votes next
According to the bill, a victim of sexual harassment may sue up to
seven years after the event.
The Justice Ministry withdrew its opposition
to the proposal after Hotovely convinced Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman that the
statute of limitations on sexual harassment suits should not be shorter than
that of lawsuits regarding damages to property, which is seven
Hotovely also said that extending the time limit allows the women
to process the trauma and understand that it was not her fault before dealing
with the legal process.
“This law will help hundreds of women, for whom
the three year statute of limitations is what kept them away from justice,” the
Likud MK stated.
She also called for new initiatives to prevent sexual
Michal Rosin, the director of the Association of Rape Crisis
Centers in Israel, congratulated Hotovely, telling her to continue insisting
that the Justice Ministry make changes to help victims.
“If clapping was
allowed in the Knesset, this would be the time to do it,” Rosin quipped.