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Germany: 'No means no' - New rape law unanimously passed by parliament01:18

Germany: 'No means no' - New rape law unanimously passed by parliament

Germany, Berlin
July 7, 2016 at 14:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

German parliamentarians unanimously voted in favor of strengthening a so-called 'rape law,' in Berlin's Bundestag, Thursday.

Under the new law, a verbal refusal by victims is the only precondition to file a criminal complaint, if it is not followed by the harasser. Additionally, the law treats 'sexual assaults,' 'sexual harassment' and 'offences by groups' separately, allowing the respective cases to be treated more accurately.

A debate has been sparked across Germany on the introduction of new sexual assault laws, since police received hundreds of alleged sexual assault complaints following New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne, Hamburg and Munich, among other cities.

Germany: 'No means no' - New rape law unanimously passed by parliament01:18
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German parliamentarians unanimously voted in favor of strengthening a so-called 'rape law,' in Berlin's Bundestag, Thursday.

Under the new law, a verbal refusal by victims is the only precondition to file a criminal complaint, if it is not followed by the harasser. Additionally, the law treats 'sexual assaults,' 'sexual harassment' and 'offences by groups' separately, allowing the respective cases to be treated more accurately.

A debate has been sparked across Germany on the introduction of new sexual assault laws, since police received hundreds of alleged sexual assault complaints following New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne, Hamburg and Munich, among other cities.