Denmark will define sex without consent as rape under law change: Victims previously had to show their attacker had used violence

  • Denmark becomes 12th country in EU to adopt definition of sex without consent 
  • United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden among those to apply law in this way
  • Similar change in Sweden in 2018 resulted in 75% increase in rape convictionsDenmark has redefined rape as sex without consent instead of requiring victims to prove their attacker used violence.

    Most countries in the European Union lack this significant consent definition which is also used in the United Kingdom.

    Justice minister Nick Haekkerup said: ‘Now it will be clear, that if both parties do not consent to sex, then it’s rape.’

    A similar law introduced in neighbouring Sweden in 2018 resulted in a 75 percent increase in rape convictions.

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