Only a quarter of the European countries say that non-consensual sex is rape

The protest "Machismo is not justice, it is a crime," in Porto, in October

The protest "Machismo is not justice, it is a crime," in Porto, in October

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Portugal is among the European countries that the AI accuses in the report released today of failing women due to outdated legislation. Ruling of Porto's Court is given as... a bad example.

Among the 31 European countries whose legislation was reviewed by Amnesty International (AI), only eight - Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg and Sweden - have definitions of rape based on lack of consent. That is: they consider that this crime is committed whenever the sexual act is not authorized by the victim. The "vast majority," in which Portugal is included, "only recognizes rape when physical violence, threat or coercion are involved."

The findings are contained in the report: "The Right to Be Free from Rape: A Look at Legislation and the Current Situation in Europe and International Human Rights Standards," which was released this Saturday, the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. For AI, these "flawed legislations, coupled with a dangerous culture that blames the victim for being raped, are perpetuating impunity across the continent."

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