Ger­many to de­cide if ‘no means no’

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Ber­lin: Ger­many’s lower house of par­lia­ment, the Bun­destag, is ex­pected to pass a new law ex­pand­ing the le­gal def­i­ni­tion of what con­sti­tutes rape - widely re­ferred to as the “no means no” statute. Crit­ics be­lieve Ger­many has long lagged be­hind other de­vel­oped na­tions when it comes to its rape laws. Un­der ex­ist­ing 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” is not suf­fi­cient to find the de­fen­dant guilty, and there is no at­tempt to de­fine what con­sti­tutes con­sent. BBC

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