Tuesday, February 7, 2023

The National Council says yes to “Only yes means yes”

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The National Council debated tightening of sexual criminal law on Monday. Among other things, the “Only yes means yes” solution was up for debate.


Sophie ReinhardtEditor Politics

Sexual assault is now considered rape when a perpetrator “forces a woman to have sex, in particular by threatening her, using violence, putting her under psychological pressure or making her unable to resist”.

With this so-called principle of coercion, the applicable Swiss sexual criminal law defines a rape. Parliament now wants to change that. In the future, instead of coercion, the focus will be on consent to sexual activity.

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