Monday, France announced plans to set the age of sexual consent surrounding the controversy of two cases involving sex with two 11-year-old girls.
In November, a French court acquitted a 30-year-old man of rape after ruling the 11-year-old girl did not experience “constraint, threat, violence or surprise” during the sex act, despite that being how French law previously defined rape.
In the second case, a 28-year-old man was charged with sex with a minor but not rape due to no evidence supporting that the 11-year-old had been forced.
Both cases but mostly the second one sparked a public outrage which involved months of debate and protest before the most recent efforts to change the law.
In Frace, sex with children could be prosecuted under the law as the sexual abuse of a minor with a maximum punishment of five years and up to 75,000 euros.
However, rape charges were difficult to prosecute due to French law previously requiring evidence of the sex being forced.
As of Monday France is now revising the law to reduce sexual violence and harassment.
The law is expected to go into effect as early as next week.