In Texas, rape is is deemed an assaultive crime rather than a sexual crime and is called sexual assault under the Texas Penal Code. Charges for these crimes are very serious and can be found in Texas Penal Code Chapter 22. Sexual assault is a gender neutral crime, meaning the victims and perpetrators can be male or female. Such crimes are high-stakes and should be taken very seriously.
The statute of limitations on these crimes are extensive. In fact, there is no limitation on sexual assault or indecency with a child, under certain paragraphs. There is generally a ten year statute of limitation for sexual assault.
A civil suit may be brought within 5 years of the incident. This limitation period is extended for some people with mental health issues that would have prevented the crime from being reported in a timely manner.