CALL NOW: Ask House Judiciary Committee Members to support HB496

Feb 12th, 2024

Sex without consent is rape, but Maryland's law does not reflect this. Calls are needed now to help pass House Bill 496 to change Maryland's rape law by defining consent in statute and repealing language that focuses on whether a victim resisted.

Right now, when one person has sex with someone without consent, Maryland’s rape law requires proof of:

Lack of consent and
Force or Threat of Force

Force and Threat of Force is proven by focusing on the survivor/victim and whether they resist.

House Bill 496 changes the focus
to whether there is
clear and voluntary agreement
between the people involved.

Sponsored by Delegate Emily Shetty, HB 496 strikes “force or threat of force” from the statute, leaving “without the consent of the other” and provides a definition of “consent.” This is NOT affirmative consent.

The definition of consent includes:

  • Clear and voluntary agreement;
  • The right to withdraw consent;
  • Communication through words or conduct. 

HB 496 also addresses what is not consent:

  • What someone is wearing;
  • Agreement as a result of fear, threat, or coercion;
  • A prior relationship.

HB 496 will be heard before the House Judiciary Committee on February 13, 2024.

Call now and ask the House Judiciary Committee to
support HB 496
and define consent!

Help raise awareness on social media, too - check out our social media toolkit with sample posts and graphics to share.

And be ready for the Senate Hearing on February 27 to support SB 758!


Luke H. Clippinger, Chair (District 46, Baltimore City)
Phone: 410-841-3488 | 301-858-3488
[email protected]

J. Sandy Bartlett, Vice Chair (District 32, Anne Arundel)
Phone: (410) 841-3370 | (301) 858-3370
[email protected]

Anne Arundel County
Rachel Munoz (District 31, Anne Arundel)
Phone: 410-841-3510 | 301-858-3501
[email protected]

Stuart Michael Schmidt, Jr. (District 33B, Anne Arundel)
Phone: 410-841-3110 | 301-858-3110
[email protected]

Gary Simmons (District 12B, Anne Arundel)
Phone: 410-841-3581 | 301-858-3581
[email protected]

Baltimore City
Frank M. Conaway, Jr. (District 40, Baltimore City)
Phone: 410-841-3189 | 301-858-3189
[email protected]

Elizabeth Embry (District 43A, Baltimore City)
Phone: 410-841-3638 | 301-858-3683
[email protected]

Baltimore County
Jon S. Cardin (District 11B, Baltimore County)
Phone: 410-841-3054 | 301-858-3054
[email protected]

Robin L. Grammer, Jr. (District 6, Baltimore County)
Phone: 410-841-3298 | 301-858-3298
[email protected]

Cheryl E. Pasteur (District 11A, Baltimore County)
Phone: 410-841-3448 | 301-858-3448
[email protected]

N. Scott Phillips (District 10, Baltimore County)
Phone: 410-841-3358 | 301-858-3358
[email protected]

Dorchester & Wicomico Counties
Sheree Sample-Hughes (District 37A, Dorchester & Wicomico)
Phone: 410-841-3427 | 301-858-3427
[email protected]

Frederick County
Karen Simpson (District 3, Frederick)
Phone: 410-841-3436 | 301-858-3436
[email protected]

Frederick & Carroll Counties
Christopher Bouchat (District 5, Frederick & Carroll)
Phone: 410-841-3200 | 301-858-3200
[email protected]

Chris Tomlinson (District 5, Frederick & Carroll)
Phone: 410-841-3359 | 301-858-3359
[email protected]

Frederick & Washington Counties
William Valentine (District 2A, Washington & Frederick)
Phone: 410-841-3636 | 301-858-3636
[email protected]

Harford County
Lauren C. Arikan (District 7B, Harford)
Phone: 410-841-3334 | 301-858-3334
[email protected]

Montgomery County
Charlotte Crutchfield (District 19, Montgomery)
Phone: 410-841-3485 | 301-858-3485
[email protected]

Aaron M. Kaufman (District 18, Montgomery)
Phone: 410-841-3314 | 301-858-3314
[email protected]

David Moon (District 20, Montgomery)
Phone: 410-841-3474 | 301-858-3474
E-mail: [email protected]

Prince George's County
Kent Roberson (District 25, Prince George's)
Phone: 410-841-3331 | 301-858-3331
[email protected]

Kym Taylor (District 23, Prince George's)
Phone: 410-841-3557 | 301-858-3557
[email protected]

Karen Toles (District 25, Prince George's)
Phone: 410-841-3524 | 301-858-3524
[email protected]

Nicole A. Williams (District 22, Prince George's)
Phone: 410-841-3058 | 301-858-3058
[email protected]

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