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.
2023 legislation will seek to change the focus to whether there is
clear and voluntary agreement
between the people involved.
Sponsored by Delegate Emily Shetty, this bill will strike “force or threat of force” from the statute, leaving “without the consent of the other” and provides a definition of “consent.”
The definition of CONSENT includes:
Support survivors. Support consent.
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