The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a pair of bills designed to lift a major barrier to prosecuting rape and ensure that physical evidence of sexual assaults is preserved.
The final debate and vote on the bills is expected on Thursday.
The first bill would make clear that it is not necessary for a victim to show they resisted their attacker. Maryland's rape statute doesn't explicitly require proof or resistance, but courts have ruled that it's necessary evidence to show that sex was forced.
Advocates for sexual-assault victims say the change would lead to many fewer cases' being dismissed as unfounded by police.
Sen. Delores G. Kelley, the...