France finally passes historic law setting age of sexual consent to 15

A voting session at the French parliament | Etienne Laurent/EPA, via Politico.eu
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France on Thursday finally handed a “historic law” setting the age of sexual consent to 15 after public outrage over a schoolgirl’s rape case that noticed 20 firefighters dodge a rape cost regardless of repeatedly ‘having intercourse’ with the then 13 12 months outdated.

French Parliament voted unanimously to make rape with kids underneath the age of 15 an offence punishable by up to 20 years in jail.

Previously there was no age of consent in France, in contrast to different EU nations.

While laws acknowledged having intercourse with somebody underneath 18 was an offence, there wanted to be proof it was non-consensual so as to acquire a conviction of rape.

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Justice (*15*), Eric Dupond-Moretti talking to the National Assembly stated: “This is an historic law for our youngsters and our society.

“No adult aggressor will be able to claim the consent of a minor younger than 15-years-old.”

The change in law means perpetrators will face more durable sentences any longer, as intercourse with somebody underneath 15 will likely be categorized as rape.

But a “Romeo and Juliet” clause permits youngsters to have consensual intercourse.

Fatima Benomar, whose group Les Effrontees has pushed for stronger legal guidelines in opposition to sexual abusers commented on the law: “Its superb that there’s this revived debate, that there’s an concept of a minimal age (of consent).

“This will make adults more responsible.”

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In the story of the schoolgirl merely referred to as Julie, she claimed she was raped by 20 firefighters over a two-year interval.

The lady alleged she was initially groomed by a person named Pierre, who works for the fireplace brigade in Paris, when he helped her throughout a extreme anxiousness assault in 2008.

She says the boys visited her dwelling 130 occasions over two years, main to her psychological and bodily well being struggling.

Three of the 20 males accused reportedly admitted that they had intercourse with the lady however declare it was consensual.

They had been charged with “sexual violation”, in accordance to the report, main to large on-line and road protests in France.

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