Twenty firemen allegedly had intercourse with a younger teenage woman in France — and the nation is now fiercely debating whether or not the incidents represent rape.
Protests broke out throughout the nation over the weekend in assist of the girl, now 25, who says the assaults started when she was simply 13, after a firefighter assisted her throughout an nervousness seizure in 2008, the UK’s Guardian reported.
The girl, dubbed “Julie” by French media, says the fireman quickly had intercourse with her and handed her round to his cronies — a few of whom raped her collectively in uniform — for two years.
Her mom instructed investigators she had no thought what was occurring, saying she thought the smoke-eaters had been simply being good by taking an curiosity in her daughter.
“I even made a cake for the firemen,” she mentioned, in response to the Guardian.
No less than three of the firefighters have admitted to having intercourse with the then-teen — however argue she was a prepared associate.
France doesn’t have an age-of-consent regulation, so a little one isn’t mechanically thought-about a rape sufferer.
However there may be a regulation on the books that stops these in positions of authority from having intercourse with somebody beneath age 18, so three firefighters have not less than been charged with “sexual violation,’’ the Guardian mentioned. The rap carries a jail time period of as much as seven years.
Nonetheless, the girl and her advocates are demanding the firemen face the harsher cost of rape. However for that, the sufferer should show she was violently pressured or coerced into the intercourse act. The cost carries as much as 20 years behind bars.
The nation’s highest court docket is ready to listen to arguments in the case Wednesday.
“Each stereotype about rape is in this case: The judges and the psychiatrist say Julie is a liar, that she consented to intercourse with all these males and that she is mendacity about being raped as a result of she is ashamed,” mentioned the girl’s exasperated authorized advocate, Marjolaine Vignola.
There are actually renewed calls to enact an age-of-consent regulation in the nation.