Sex without consent is finally defined as rape in Slovenia

Slovenia has passed a law declaring that sex without consent is rape, a victory for women that arrives after years of campaigning.

Coercion, the use or threat of force, or the inability to defend oneself will no longer be the only conditions for a crime to be considered rape after the Slovenian parliament passed amendments to the penal code on June 5.

“This is a historic victory for women in Slovenia and an important step along the road to changing culture, attitudes and behaviour,” said Nils Muižnieks, Europe Director at Amnesty International.

Slovenia becomes the 13th country in Europe to change its legal definition of rape to a consent-based model, after Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Sweden and the UK. Similar bills are also being discussed in Spain and the Netherlands.

“There is still a great deal of work to be done to challenge the deep-seated attitudes to rape and harmful gender stereotypes,” said Muižnieks, “but today we take a moment to celebrate.”


Source: Amnesty International

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