Protecting Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Abusers

  • Testing Sexual Assault Kits: The Attorney General reported in December that Maryland had 3,700 untested rape kits, with many more never recorded at all. House Bill 255 establishes a statewide standard of handling sexual assault evidence to ensure rape kits are properly tested and stored so victims aren’t treated differently because of their ZIP code.
  • Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse: House Bill 642, which the Governor has signed in to law, expands the statute of limitations in cases of sexual abuse when the victim was a minor. Maryland joins 45 states allowing a victim to seek damages through civil actions well into adulthood.
  • Stripping the Paternal Rights of Rapists: For the second year in a row, the House passed legislation that establishing an easier process to strip rapists of their paternal rights to a child conceived during rape. House Bill 429 provides a defense for victims of sexual assault and aligns our laws with 30 other states.
  • Funding Rape Crisis Centers: Senate Bill 734 allocates $3 million per year of State funding for sexual assault services and crisis programs. The bill establishes the Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee which increase access to help for victims of sexual assault.