Sex without ‘explicit consent’ is rape, rules Denmark

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File image: Survivors and rights groups have been demanding to categorise absence of clear consent as rape (Getty Images)

Remember when leftists wanted government to get out of people’s bedrooms?

It turns out they want it there after all, practically requiring a signed form before sex can take place.

According to the UK Independent, Denmark’s parliament passed new legislation on Dec. 20 expanding the definition of rape from that in its old law, which required proof of violence, attack or victim’s inability to fend off the assault in order to determine if its rape.

Now there must be “explicit consent” for a couple to do what couples do, only that remains unclear. An oath? A signed contract or waiver? Witnesses? Is it in the eye of the beholder?

Around 11,400 women are raped or suffer rape attempts in Denmark in a year, according to figures gathered by Amnesty International. The University of Southern Denmark’s research estimates that this figure may have been as high as 24,000 in 2017. However, in 2019 just 1,017 rapes were reported to the police and only 79 resulted in conviction.

Women’s rights groups had long been demanding that sex without consent be categorized as rape. The country recognizes marital rape and includes acts other than sexual intercourse in its legal definition of rape. It is only the 12th country in Europe, however, to categorize lack of clear consent as a vital factor in determining rape. 

“The new law falls short on being crystal clear in its commentary that passivity cannot be taken to mean consent,” said a statement from Anna Blus, a researcher for Amnesty International. “It is nevertheless a huge step for Denmark.”

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