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'Only yes is yes': Spanish government approves bill to define all sex without consent as rape

By sbs , in World News , at July 6, 2021 Tags: , ,


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The Spanish government has approved a draft bill to define all non-consensual sex as rape, as part of a legislative overhaul that toughens penalties for sexual harassment and mandates more support systems for victims.

Spain’s cabinet approved a draft bill on Tuesday that strengthens the country’s laws against rape by requiring explicit consent for sex acts, a move long demanded by assault survivors and women’s rights groups.

The proposed law “makes clear that silence or passivity do not mean consent, or that not showing opposition can not be an excuse to act against the will of the other person,” said government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero, who called it “a decisive step forward”.

Two of the men filmed the assault, during which the woman is silent and passive, a fact the judges interpreted as consent. 



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