French Government To Set The Age Of Sexual Consent At 15

French Government To Set The Age Of Sexual Consent At 15

French Government To Set The Age Of Sexual Consent At 15

The law, once implemented, will set the age at which a person can not agree to any sexual intercourse at 15 and will criminalize any sexual activity with any minor younger than that age, had passed after public consultation and expert recommendation.

Currently, France does not have a rule saying a child under a certain age is considered incapable of consenting to sex.

The French government has announced plans to toughen the existing regulations following public uproar about cases where men managed to elude rape charges for sex with 11-year-olds.

Lawmakers hope this proposal, which is part of a bill aimed at reducing sexual violence in the country, will be implemented in the coming weeks.

Lawmakers have proposed that the age of consent be raised to 15, after consulting with the public and a panel of experts.

In two recent separate legal cases, adult men were accused of having sex with 11-year-old girls, who were considered consenting under French law.

Although the age of consent is now set at 15, prosecutors have to prove in court that it was non-consensual in order to secure a rape conviction.

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Sentences are the same for sexual assaults of minors and non-minors, but rape convictions carry much harsher punishments.

After that case made headlines children's rights group Le Voix de l'Enfant said in a statement: "The question of consent or its absence should never even be asked when it comes to rape victims who are minors". The current age of consent in France is 15.

To decide upon this they enlisted the help of doctors and legal experts and Schiappa said that she was "very glad" that they had chosen 15 - an age that has been touted as appropriate by most organisations that campaign for an end to violence against children.

Two cases involving the 11-year-old girls provoked outrage in France after the alleged perpetrators were acquitted of rape.

French President Emmanuel Macron also said he favors setting the limit at 15 years.

But the same court reversed its decision last month, saying the accused should indeed face rape charges.

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