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    Germany rape law: 'No means No' law passed

    • 6 hours ago From the BBC section Europe

    Germany's parliament has passed a new law defining rape, clarifying that "No means No", even if a victim did not fight back.
    Critics believe Germany has long lagged behind other developed nations when it comes to its rape laws.
    The issue was again brought to the fore after a number of sex attacks on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve.
    The vote was passed by a huge majority on Thursday in the Bundestag, where MPs stood and cheered the result.
    The new law classifies groping as a sex crime and makes it easier to prosecute assaults committed by large group.
    It also makes it easier to deport migrants who commit sex offences.
    What was under discussion?

    Under the previous law, defined in Section 177 of the criminal code (in German), victims should have defended themselves for an act to constitute rape. Simply saying "No" was not sufficient to find the defendant guilty, and there was no attempt to define what constituted consent.
    The inadequacy of the law meant many perpetrators got away with rape, according to a 2014 study of 107 cases by the German association of women's counselling centres and rape crisis centres (BFF).
    Long overdue since Unification Constitution writeup.
    Hope will spread like wildfire in Saudi Arabia & its satellites!.

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