Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a former judge, told Fox News host Harris Faulkner on Tuesday that it is “grossly unfair” for a victim of a sexual assault to come forward 38 years after the alleged crime.
“I would submit though when you bring up charges 38 years later — I mean I’ve have prosecuted rape. I have sentenced many rapists to prison. It’s just a absolutely horrendous crime — but we also add into evidence how quickly you had out-cried. That can go to the jury. And if someone waits 38 years I cannot imagine a jury not being completely suspicious,” he said during the interview.
Gohmert did correctly acknowledge that victims of sexual assault often face enormous pressure to remain silent and that can make it extremely difficult for them to come forward.
He added: “To wait 38 years, right before an election, it does raise really interesting questions. Anybody can accuse you of something 38 years ago, and Harris, you are not going to be able to find witnesses that will establish exactly where you were at that moment. If they raised allegations within months you could — I’m sure Roy Moore could find ‘Was I in somebody’s court at that time?’ — but you bring it up 38 years later and say ‘here are the specifics,’ people don’t remember 38 years ago specifics to counter. So I think it is grossly unfair.”