Sex without explicit consent equated to rape in Denmark

Sex without explicit consent equated to rape in Denmark

In Denmark sex without explicit consent is equated to rape.

According to the document, any sexual act to which the partner gave his sincere consent is allowed: it may be expressed both verbally and nonverbally. If one of the partners uses blackmail or pressure, such as using his official powers, the sex would be considered rape. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2021.

In fact, it tightens the current law, and this may increase the number of convictions. Previously, prosecutors had to prove that the perpetrator used violence or assaulted someone who could not resist.

According to the Danish government, 11,400 women in the country experience rape each year.

Denmark became the 12th country in Europe to recognize non-consensual sex as rape. In March 2020, Spain also refused to consider non-consensual sex legal. Criminals face up to 10 years in prison for this, and they will go to jail for 15 years for aggravated rape. At the same time, the punishment for non-consensual sex will be stricter for the husbands and ex-partners of the victims. Similar laws apply in Sweden, Great Britain and Germany.