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.

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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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