Sweden adopts law that says non-consensual sex is rape
STOCKHOLM (AP) â" Sweden has adopted a law requiring people to get explicit consent before sexual contact. Otherwise it will be considered as rape.
In Wednesdayâs vote, Swedish lawmakers approved the change by 257 votes to 38, with 54 absentees.
The law, which goes into effect July 1, says âit is no longer necessary for the offender to use violence or threats, or to exploit the victimâs particularly vulnerable situationâ for rape charges to be brought forward.
In December, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said when presenting proposals to change the law in line with other countries in Europe that if sex is not voluntary âitâs illegal.â His deputy Minister Isabella Lovin said the recent #metoo anti-harassment campaign has shown the âneedâ for new legislation.
Critics say the changes wonât lead to more convictions.Source: Google News Sweden | Netizen 24 Sweden