Girl, 11, ‘consented’ to sex with man (France)

french flag 2NZ Herald 28 September 2017
Family First Comment: A very very disturbing case.
“In a decision that’s prompted anger, prosecutors decided “there was no violence, no constraint, no threat, and no surprise” on the part of the man to justify the charge of rape. Instead, the 28-year-old has only been charged with sexual abuse of a minor. “Essentially they judged that she had consented to the sexual encounter because she was not physically forced into the act,” Rights group Le Voix de l’Enfant said in a statement: “The question of consent or its absence should never even be asked when it comes to rape victims who are minors”.

A shocking court decision that declared an 11-year-old girl consented to sex with a man, 28, has sparked outrage in France.

Prosecutors deemed the child had engaged in a consensual ” sexual relationship” with the man, leading to immediate backlash from children’s rights groups.

The case centred on allegations the man lured the girl from a park in the northern Paris suburb of Montmagny to his nearby home in April.

The Local news outlet reported the man allegedly raped her. The girl’s family said she was “paralysed” by fear and “unable to defend herself”.

But in a decision that’s prompted anger, prosecutors decided “there was no violence, no constraint, no threat, and no surprise” on the part of the man to justify the charge of rape.

Instead, the 28-year-old has only been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

“Essentially they judged that she had consented to the sexual encounter because she was not physically forced into the act,” The Local reported.
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