A WJLA.com article provides a list of a few of the new laws helping sexual assault victims that go into effect on October 1, 2017. The article cites Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault Executive Director & Counsel Lisae C. Jordan and states that Ms. Jordan indicated that “this new batch of laws will help sex abuse victims get the help they need.”
The article hilights the “No Means No” law, which states at a victim does not have to physically resist for a sexual assault to be prosecuted. Several other laws – including the expansion of the statute of limitations on civil child sexual abuse cases, emergency HIV-testing of rape suspects, and the requirement to hold sexual assault evidence kits for 20 years – are mentioned in the article.
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