My rape was reported to the police. Not because I reported it, but because I was found naked and unconscious in a pool of blood and someone (I have no idea who) dialed the police. This was before 911 was installed in that tiny town. It's sort of a mindblower that 25 years ago there was no 911 in small towns. Anywho, all I know is that cops were summoned and I was taken to the ER.
Over the years I've wondered if I wasn't knocked unconscious, if I'd of called the police on my own and reported what happened. While I don't know for sure, I don't have a crystal ball, I'm hoping I would have been strong enough on my own to report it, but guessing I would not have called and reported it. Don't turn your back on me yet, let me explain why. I'm remarkably average and stunningly normal. I am guessing that I'd of followed the trend. This is a graphic from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). You can find info to contact RAINN on the PTSD and Rape Recovery Resources tab.
Only 1 in 3 rapes get reported according to this data and according to Time magazine "In a 2007 study funded by the U.S Department of Justice that surveyed 5,446 undergraduate women and 1,375 undergraduate men, just 2% of sexual assault victims incapacitated by drugs or alcohol and just 13% of "physically forced" victims reported the crimes to law enforcement." Rape is the least reported crime in America. Someone who has no problem dialing 911 to report noisy neighbors won't make the same call to report a rape.
Most rapists are serial rapists, so reporting can be an act of saving someone else. There is no way to undo what happened, but reporting can prevent other victims.
It is a hard, and very personal decision, to decide to report. I encourage reporting. But I don't judge. I don't pretend to know another's circumstances. And I've walked through the emotional turmoil in the days/weeks/months that follow. I believe you. And I know you did what was best for you.
So how long to you have to report a rape or sexual assault? What's the statute of limitations? It varies by state. The quickest way to find out is to Google "Rape Statute of Limitations in ....add your state" or go to the following website to look it up: https://www.rainn.org/public-policy/laws-in-your-state
No matter what know that I love you. I believe you. I know that there is hope and healing for you.