Rape: 'No means No' law passed

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

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 an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity on Thurs­day in the Bun­destag in the cap­i­tal, Berlin.

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.

MPs stood and cheered when the law was passed.

“The change in the law will help in­crease the num­ber of vic­tims who choose to press charges, lower the num­ber of crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tions that are shelved and en­sure sex­ual as­saults are prop­erly pun­ished,” Min­is­ter for Women Manuela Sch­we­sig said.

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