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Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told French radio that the age of 13 was a 'limit that is worth considering' for the upcoming legislation.
But she noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations.
Prominent French feminist activist Caroline de Haas said: 'We want the law to guarantee that before 15 there can be no concept of consent.''I don't know why (Belloubet) said it,' added Alice Collet, a member of the National Collective for Women's Rights.
'It's a sign of ignorance of the issues.' It comes after French courts refused on two occasions recently to prosecute grown men for rape after they had sex with 11-year-olds because authorities couldn't prove coercion.Figures for cities weren't immediately available, but the gendarme data come as French women are increasingly speaking out online about past sexual abuse following U. For reprint permission, please contact RAINN's vice president for public policy, Rebecca O'Connor, at [email protected] bill has gained importance amid worldwide concern unleashed by the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.'The question of the age below which the minor's consent is presumed not to exist is crucial, because there are obviously extremely shocking and unacceptable situations,' Belloubet said.One of her colleagues in the French government has said that a minimum age for sexual consent has not been set for the bill.RAINN does not assume any responsibility for actions or non-actions taken by people who have used this information, and no one shall be entitled to a claim for detrimental reliance on any information provided or expressed.RAINN does not endorse, guarantee or warranty the accuracy, reliability or thoroughness of any referenced information, product or service.The law only says that an adult who performs a sexual act with a person under the age of 15 'without violence, coercion, threat or surprise' can be prosecuted for 'sexual abuse,' not rape.In both of the recent cases, investigators reportedly found that the sexual relationships did not involve surprise, threat, coercion or violence.French law defines rape as any act of sexual penetration committed on others 'by violence, coercion, threat or surprise.' The definition does not distinguish between adults and minors for either the victims or perpetrators, although the potential criminal penalty is higher when victims are under 15.A minimum age of sexual consent does not currently exist in French law.