Video: Bills provide sweeping changes to rape statute

Video: Bills provide sweeping changes to rape statute

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AND’S CURRENT LAW HAS IT BACKWARDS. LEGISLATION A STEP AWAY FROM THE GOVERNOR’S DESK PROVIDES SWEEPING CHANGES TO MARYLAND’S RAPE STATUTE. IT INCLUDE BILLS REWRITING HOW POLICE AND PROSECUTORS TREAT SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS, AND A MEASURE DICTATING HOW LONG LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST HOLD ONTO EVIDENCE. >>MANY OF THESE ISSUES ARE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN WORKED ON FOR YEARS, AND YEARS, AND YEARS. I THINK ONE OF THE BIG CHANGES THIS YEAR IS THAT THEY KNOW WOMEN ARE WATCHING. DAVID: THE SENATE IS ADVANCING LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES MORE MONEY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS CENTERS, PROGRAMS THAT HAVEN’T SEEN AN INCREASE IN FUNDING IN 17 YEARS. >>$1.6 MILLION. IT BRINGS IT UP TO $3 MILLION THAT’S SUPPOSED TO COME OUT OF FEDERAL FUNDS. DAVID: LEGISLATION THAT VICTIM’S ADVOCATES CONSIDER AMAZING STRIKES LANGUAGE THAT REQUIRES PROSECUTORS TO PROVE THE VICTIM PHYSICALLY RESISTED.>>AND THIS IS A SEA CHANGE IN THE WAY WE LOOK AT THE ISSUE OF RAPE. IT MEANS THAT JURIES WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SAY, “HEY, MAYBE YOU SAID NO, BUT YOU DIDN’T PUSH, YOU DIDN’T KICK, YOU DIDN’T SCREAM.” IT SAYS YOU NEVER HAVE TO FIGHT BACK DAVID: AN 11 NEWS I-TEAM REPORT LAST OCTOBER EXPOSED AMONG MANY THINGS, THERE WAS NO UNIFORM TIME FRAME TO KEEP RAPE KITS IN EVIDENCE. A BILL SOON HEADING TO T GOVERNORS DESK REQUIRES RAPE KITS BE KEPT 20 YEARS. >>THAT GIVES THE RAPE SURVIVOR THE ABILITY TO REFLECT, THE ABILITY TO HEAL, THE ABILITY TO RECOVER, AND IF THEY COME FORWARD LATE, THE EVIDENCE IS STILL THERE. DAVID: THERE ARE MANY OTHER BILLS STILL IN THE LEGISLATI PIPELINE. ACCORDING TO VICTIM ADVOCATES, THERE’S STILL TIME TO MOVE THEM. THEY BELIEVE LAWMAKERS REALIZE THE 1950’S MENTALITY SURROUNDING

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