On May 26, the Congress of Deputies—Lower House of Spain’s Parliament—voted to approve a Bill that makes consent a key factor in sexual assault cases. The Comprehensive Guarantee of Sexual Freedom Bill, popularly known as “only yes is yes” or “Ley sólo sí es sí” in Spanish, frees victims from having to prove that violence or intimidation was used against them. It defines consent as an explicit expression of a person’s will—silence or passivity does not count as consent. Under the draft law, non-consensual sex can be considered aggression and perpetrators can be subject to imprisonment for up to 15 years. (Read More)
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