Paris — Thursday’s French Parliament characterized sex with children under the age of 15 as rape, adopted a law that could impose up to 20 years in prison, and matched the criminal law with many other Western nations.
Sex between adults and children under the age of 15 was already illegal, but minors could only be prosecuted for rape if there was evidence that they were forced by violence, detention, or surprise. did. Without evidence of coercion, it was charged with less crime of “sexual activity against minors”.
“This is a historic law for our children and our society,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond Moretti told Parliament.
“Adult attackers cannot claim the consent of minors under the age of 15.”
Parliament said on Twitter that the vote in favor of the bill was unanimous in the final reading.
Some lawmakers say that rape is automatically configured below the age of consent, and that an agreed sexual relationship between a minor and someone just a few years old can be a crime. There was a concern.
As a result, the “Romeo and Juliet” clause recognizes sexual relationships between minors and individuals up to the age of five. This clause does not apply in the case of sexual assault.
The law also considers incest sex with minors under the age of 18 to be rape.
France has already tightened its sex crimes law in 2018, when it outlawed sexual harassment on the streets, and cat callers and aggressively lecherous individuals could be fined on the spot. ..