France to Introduce New Laws for Consent to Sex

by Admin on November 15, 2017

France could soon introduce a new law to make young people under the age of 13 automatically unable to give consent to sex, The Local reports.

Talks of introducing the law came after a controversial case in which sex between an 11-year-old girl and a 28-year-old man was ruled consensual. Under French law, the age of consent is 15. However, prosecutions can only be made in cases where sexual contact can be proven to be non-consensual in court. Currently, there is no legal age below which children can’t legally give consent. If one is implemented, it will allow courts to bring statutory rape charges.

French Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa says she would like for a minimum age to be set at between 13 and 15 years old. “The law will mean that ‘below a certain age, there can be no debate, ever, on the sexual consent of a child, and that any child below a certain age would automatically be considered as raped or sexually assaulted’, she

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