Our History

End Rape SOL National was formed after the grassroots campaign End Rape SOL successfully abolished the time limit on prosecuting rape in California. Organizers, chaired by Chelsea Byers, then decided to take the campaign national. There are 30 states that maintain a statute of limitations and we will work until everyone is abolished.

End Rape SOL was started by legendary feminist and LGBT rights activist Ivy Bottini. Ivy called a group of like-minded activists together in July of 2015, and word of this campaign quickly spread to anti-violence activists throughout the state. The California campaign was co-chaired by Caroline Heldman, an associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. 


End Rape SOL Steering Committee

The steering committee provides leadership for the coordinated grassroots efforts. This group works with ally organizations and a host of dedicated volunteers to achieve our mission.

Chelsea Byers - Chair


Ivy Bottini



Dr. Caroline Heldman



Karen Andros Eyres



Susie Spite