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Portugal approves law widening definition of rape


  • World
  • Friday, 11 Jan 2019

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's parliament unanimously changed the law on Friday to expand the definition of rape to cover all sex without consent, joining just seven EU countries with such a wide definition.

Lawmakers and campaigners in Portugal argued the law, which previously required prosecutors to show that an attack involved "violence", had failed to protect people attacked while they were unconscious or coerced into having sex against their will.

   

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