Denmark strengthens rape laws, makes sex illegal without explicit consent Denmark


Denmark has strengthened its rape laws by criminalizing sex without explicit consent.

The new law passed by Parliament on Thursday also widened the circumstances that could lead to rape – under the old law, prosecutors had to use violence to the rapist or attack someone who was unable to resist .

“It will now become clear that if both parties do not give any consent to sex, it is rape,” Justice Minister Nick Hackerup said in a statement.

A similar law introduced in neighboring Sweden in 2018 resulted in a 75% increase in rape convictions, up to 333.

According to ministry data, about 11,400 women are attempted to be raped in Denmark in a year.

Amnesty International said that Denmark has become the 12th country in Europe to recognize non-consensual sex as rape.

Said Ana Bluss, a women’s rights researcher at Amnesty. “This is a great day for women in Denmark as it traces the trappings of old and dangerous rape laws to the dustbin of history and helps end the widespread stigma and interdiction for this crime.”

The law will take effect on 1 January.

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