April 20, 2021

all sexual offense will be "aggression" or "rape"

all sexual offense will be "aggression" or "rape"


Any "sexual behavior" towards a woman without her consent could be considered a crime of sexual assault and be punishable by imprisonment, if the proposal of the Commission of experts responsible for the reform of the Penal Code in relation to sexual crimes is accepted.

The proposal establishes two types of crime: sexual assault and rape.

The first is always a behavior against women without their consent, and the second when there is penetration, which would disappear what until now was classified as sexual abuse.

Government spokesperson, Isabel Celáa, announced it at the press conference after the Council of Ministers, which has studied the proposal of the General Codification Commission, which was commissioned to review the typification of sexual crimes after the controversy sentence of La Manada.

According to Celáa, the experts propose "punish with imprisonment any sexual behavior towards a woman without her consent when considering it a crime of sexual aggression".

The Commission justifies its reform "making a perfect demarcation between the criminal types stating that there are two: sexual assault and rape".

Specifically, the spokeswoman has specified "sexual assault, as long as it is a behavior against the woman without her consent and violation if there is penetration".

So, it would eliminate "the so-called type of sexual abuse".

According to Celáa, the Government "has fulfilled its commitment by bringing to this Council of Ministers the necessary study to be able to advance in this area".

The report of experts has reached the Council of Ministers in full debate on the relevance of strengthening measures such as probation after the murder of the young Laura Luelmo.

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