Fury as court rules 11 year old 'consented' to sex with 28 year old

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Thursday, 28 September 2017, 10:53AM
A French court determined an 11-year-old girl consented to having sex with a 28-year-old man (Photo \ Getty Images)
A French court determined an 11-year-old girl consented to having sex with a 28-year-old man (Photo \ Getty Images)

A French court is facing heavy backlash from children's rights groups after deciding an 11 year old girl consented to sex with a 28-year-old man.

The man was charged with rape but prosecutors say there's no violence or evidence to justify the violence of rape.

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

France correspondent Catherine Field says the man has now been charged with sexual abuse of a minor instead.

"The law does not account for rape for someone under 15, if there is no evidence of violence then it is just sexual offences," she told Mike Hosking.

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.

 

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".

 

There are now calls for French legislators to introduce a legal age under which sexual consent cannot be presumed.

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