Tuesday, March 6, 2018

France to Increase Age-of-Consent to 15

Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post reported that France plans to increase the age-of-consent to 15 after two men were not charged with rape after having consensual sex with two 11-year-old nymphets. Rezaian reported:

"A French court acquitted a 30-year-old man of rape in November, concluding that the 11-year-old girl had not experienced “constraint, threat, violence or surprise” during the sex act, which is how France had previously defined rape."

"In a similar case, a 28-year-old man was charged with sex with a minor, because it was concluded that the victim was not physically forced to have sex. That girl also was 11."

The BBC reported that France: "[...] had been discussing whether to set the age as 13 or 15, which is what groups fighting violence against children had campaigned for."

The BBC listed the age-of-consent for various European countries:
  • 14 years old: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal
  • 15: Greece, Poland, Sweden
  • 16: Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia [UK]
  • 17: Cyprus