Sweden: New rape law is historic victory for campaigners

Sweden’s parliament today passed a bill by a massive majority which recognizes in law that sex without consent is rape. Following to the vote, Anna Blus, Amnesty International’s Women’s Rights Researcher for Europe said:

“Today’s vote marks a huge victory for women’s rights activists in Sweden who have been campaigning tirelessly for this change for more than a decade. By refusing to stay silent, these activists have led the charge to end sexual violence, and politicians voting today should be guided by their courage."

Today’s vote marks a huge victory for women’s rights activists in Sweden who have been campaigning tirelessly for this change for more than a decade
Anna Blus, Amnesty International

“Shockingly, this change in law will make Sweden only the tenth country in Europe to recognize that sex without consent is rape. Most European countries still define rape based on physical force, threat or coercion, and these outdated definitions have caused immeasurable harm. While there is still a great distance to travel, we are hopeful that today’s decision will herald a Europe-wide shift in legislation and in attitudes.”

Shockingly, this change in law will make Sweden only the tenth country in Europe to recognize that sex without consent is rape
Anna Blus, Amnesty International