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Redefining Sexual Assault

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Chris Connelly
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WYPR

The recent General Assembly session made significant changes in state law about sexual assault, and held back from some other changes. Lawmakers said the state no longer has to prove force in order to prosecute a rape charge; the legislature also gave survivors of child sex abuse more time to sue in court. They did not approve a measure that would have allowed courts, when a child is conceived through rape, to terminate the parental rights of rapists.

We talk to Lisae Jordan, executive director of the nonprofit Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Amanda Rodriguez, chief program officer of Baltimore's rape crisis center, TurnAround.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
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