France mulls new law on sexual consent after men acquitted of raping 11-year-olds

France could introduce a law to rule that anyone aged under 13 is automatically considered unable to consent to sex after a 28-year-old man was acquitted of raping an 11-year-old because the relations were deemed consensual.

France mulls new law on sexual consent after men acquitted of raping 11-year-oldsThough it is already illegal in France to have sex with someone aged under 15 rape charges are only brought if prosecutors can prove it was non-consensual.

Currently there is no legal minimum age below which it is presumed in law that a child cannot give consent, which would then automatically bring about rape charges.

But equalities minister Marléne Schiappa wants a legal minimum age set which she said could be 13 or 15-years-old.

“The law will mean that ‘below a certain age, there can be no debate, ever, on the sexual consent of a child, and that any child below a certain age would automatically be considered as raped or sexually assaulted’,” Schiappa said.

Schiappa was speaking out after two recent cases in France hprovoked shock and outrage and highlighted a need to change the laws.

Last week a French man was acquitted of rape after a jury found no evidence that he forced an 11-year-old girl into having sex…

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