Stop The Statute of Limitations On Rape

They have re-arrested Marc Winner for the case the judge with poor judgement threw out for lack of probable cause and charged him with three others within the statute and there are 10 total known victims over a 15 year period thus far. Due to Lesley already openly speaking out 15 years ago when he was arrested and as an activist in the Chicago Tribune and People Magazine, she was informed that she was the only one that could be an actual voice for her sister victims, now survivors. She then more recently spoke out again across all the major broadcast network news stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, WGN), on the radio (WBBM), and in print (DNAInfo) in the Chicagoland area with her voice, face, and name to try to help protect the public at large and let her sister survivors and all who watched, listened, and read know that the only one to be blamed, shamed, put on trial, and hide is the predator who rapes...for them that predator is Marc Winner. 


After much contemplation regarding whether she wanted to let this predator invade her amazing healed life again, she decided she had a responsibility to her sister survivors and the community at large. Unfortunately, no matter how hard she tried, the system failed her in the past, and thus she could not stop him from hurting anyone else. 

Recently after being deemed "a danger" by the bond judge and given no bond in the 3rd rape charge he was let out by his original Judge Carol Howard on a very low bond coming from a privileged family only needing $12,500 (10% of 125K) to be freed from jail on bond in addition to the original $50,000 (10% of 500K) on his 1st rape arrest and the 2nd rape arrest that the judge rolled into the original bond $50,000 (10% of 500K). Marc Winner is now allowed to roam the streets again on an ankle monitor from 7 am to 7 pm at night until his rape trials that probably won't even begin until 2018. 

Lesley Barton was also recently asked to speak nationally on the subject on Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen interviewed by the courageous Elizabeth Smart. She agreed with the addition of speaking about the national coalition and movement she is spearheading (being a former campaign manager/field director/fundraiser/political consultant) to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on Rape in the 34 states and DC where they still exist.

The time is now to #StopTheStatute across the board including in Illinois where the SOL (3 years to report and 10 years for trial) is helping to impede justice and the public good to put away accused repeated violent strangler and rapist Marc Winner and those like him that are emboldened by the archaic and prejudicial SOL.

‚Äč#StopTheStatute is a grassroots movement of individuals across the globe whose primary mission is to Stop The Statute of Limitations on Rape once and for all. The spearheaded of the movement, Lesley Barton, is the first survivor of record who reported accused Tanning Salon Serial Rapist and Strangler Marc Winner in the Chicagoland area. Lesley and the movement are advocating for the human rights of rape survivors and ending an archaic statute of limitations in 34 states and the District of Columbia that only emboldens predators while leaving the survivor powerless.


Almost 15 years had passed when a friend contacted and told her he had been arrested again, and she found out it was not just once, but twice, for rape. 


The first recent rape charge being thrown out by a judge on lack of probable cause with the additional confusion of Cook County City and Cook County Suburban Server Systems that were not connected in order to pick up Marc Winner's arrest report for criminally sexually assaulting her in 2001. Although the same county court system, for some unknown reason the servers are kept separate in a time that all computers are connected. Numerous mistakes made by the judicial system later, there are now 4 women in the statute, 5 outside of the statute, and Lesley Barton that are known about at this time. 

They have re-arrested Marc Winner for the case the judge with poor judgement threw out for lack of probable cause and charged him with three others within the statute and there are 10 total known victims over a 15 year period thus far. Due to Lesley already speaking out 15 years ago and later as an activist in the Chicago Tribune and People Magazine, she was informed that she was the only one that could be an actual voice for her sister victims, now survivors.

What is #StopTheStatute?