STOCKHOLM – In Sweden occurs Sunday, the controversial sekswet in operation. Without the express consent of the other, is sex a punishable offence. Until now gold in Sweden that a refusal of sex, verbal or non-verbal, was required for a conviction for rape.
The law is controversial because it is unclear what exactly counts as express consent. How a court may subsequently determine that there is a loss of facial expression yes or no is intended, set up opponents.
The law applies to all sexual acts, whether it’s a first date, a long term relationship or group sex. ,,The message is simple: you have to the person with whom you have sex and want to ask if he also wants. If you are not sure, you must have it”, said prime minister Stefan Löfven at the introduction of the law in 2017.
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