French Government Seeks to Set Age for Sexual Consent at 15

France's lack of an age of consent — along with statutes of limitations — have complicated efforts to prosecute alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse.

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FILE - In this Jan.19, 2021 file photo, signs on the wall reads "Duhamel, and the others, you will never be in peace" referring to Olivier Duhamel, head of the National Foundation of Political Sciences, which oversees the prestigious Sciences Po university, and at left "Mion Resignation" refers to Frederic Mion, head of Sciences Po university, in Paris. France's government wants to set the age of sexual consent at 15 and make it easier to punish long-ago child sexual abuse, amid growing public pressure and a wave of online testimonies about rape and other sexual violence by parents and authority figures. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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PARIS (AP) — France’s government wants to set the age of sexual consent at 15 and make it easier to punish long-ago child sexual abuse, amid growing public pressure and a wave of online testimonies about rape and other sexual violence by parents and authority figures. Child protection activists and victims celebrated the announcement, but say France needs to do more as a society to stop this abuse. France’s lack of an age of consent…

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