Victoria Steen Hansen (21 years old)
Studentaktivist and Amnesty
Just look at Sweden.
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The Paradise hotel and Ex on the beach programs have introduced a kind of consent law in recent seasons. Siri Heimdal Knudsen, leader of Kristiansand Unge Høyre, writes in his post Si; D that a consent law will not work in real life. I totally disagree with that.
Knudsen writes that a consent law will focus more on what is said than what is done in the bedroom. This is not correct.
A consent law will focus on consent through words or deeds. That is, both what becomes He says, and what does it become done.
The big difference between current legislation and a consent law is what must be proven in court. With a consent law, people will be convicted of rape based on whether it was consented or not. A consent can be anything from saying an explicit yes to showing a clear yes with body language, or both.
Read the full post here: Paradise Hotel has introduced the “law of consent”. It won’t work in real life.
Knudsen writes that he fears such a law will put more pressure on victims. I think it will do the exact opposite.
An example is cases in which victims freeze during a rape. Many rape victims react with frostbite, which means that the body becomes hard and cannot resist.
With current legislation, which focuses on whether the threats, violence or whether the victim is unconscious, these cases often fail. With a consent law, it will be easier to get a verdict in these cases. Because frostbite is a clear non-body. So no word or action has been agreed upon.
Look at sweden
An example of how a consent law works in real life comes from our neighboring country Sweden. They introduced the consent law in 2018.
From 2017 to 2019, the number of rape reports increased by 21 percent, and the number of rape cases that ended with a convicted person increased by 75 percent. This emerges in one relationship of the Crime Prevention Council (Abrupt).
The fact that the increase in the number of charges and convictions is greater than the increase in the number of reported rapes emphasizes that the law in Sweden works. This means that several of the reviews actually end in an indictment and that several of the indictments end in a verdict.
In Norway, there are very few rape cases that end in verdict. In 2016, 1504 rapes were reported in Norway, but only 78 people were convicted of rape.
Must be voluntary
Nobody says that changing the law will fix everything. I fully agree with Knudsen that we must strengthen the competence of the police. In addition, we need a change of attitude in society. I think a consent law will help create that.
If we make it clear in the law that sex without consent is actually rape, and that consent is what determines whether or not a criminal act has been committed, I think we have come a long way in creating change in our society.
Finally, Knudsen writes that victims of sexual abuse deserve a law that does not pressure them, but ensures that more people are convicted and fewer people experience rape. I fully agree and believe that a consent law is part of the solution for this to happen. Because all sex must be voluntary.
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