No truly means no under Maryland law as of Sunday. Acts that most would consider rape will be called just that. And evidence of sexual assault will have to be kept for 20 years.
Those three measures are among hundreds of bills that take effect Oct. 1 after being passed by the General Assembly this year in a landmark session for advocates of sexual assault victims.
Under one of the bills, Maryland law will now explicitly state that a victim of a sex assault does not have to physically resist for the attack to be prosecuted as a crime. Another says that coerced oral or anal sex is as much a rape as forced intercourse.
A third sets a statewide standard for law enforcement...