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Greek Government Amends Bill on Rape Following Mass Criticism

The Greek government backed off on a bill that could have potentially eased the punishment for rapists, after it sparked protests from women, international rights organizations and opposition parties.

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Greek Government Amends Bill on Rape Following Mass Criticism

The Greek government backed off on a bill that could have potentially eased the punishment for rapists, after it sparked protests from women, international rights organizations and opposition parties.

 
 

Justice Minister Michalis Kalogirou submitted an amendment to a proposed law on the definition of rape that will now introduce harsher sentencing for non-consensual sexual acts.

 
 

“Whoever attempts a sexual act without the consent of the victim will be subject to as many as 10 years in prison, ” Kalogirou told lawmakers in Athens on Thursday.

 
 

The amendment comes after the government was widely criticized for its previous proposed legislation that opponents said provided a wide berth for judicial interpretation, making it possible for some rapes to be treated as misdemeanors and not felonies, and hence punishable by as few as three years in prison.

 
 

— With assistance by Antonis Galanopoulos

 

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