Explicit consent required

The Swedish government proposed legislation on March 20 that outlaws sex without explicit consent.  

  • In May 2017, after seven years, Sweden dropped the warrant for Julian Assange's arrest for raping two Swedish women. The case against him revealed Sweden's ambiguous and broad definition of rape, which is now being legally redefined with much tighter requirements for explicit consent. Photograph at the Ecuadorian Embassy, London, June 2014. Wikipedia
  • Explicit consent required
    In the new proposal sexual consent is identified as the obvious: it must be voluntary. After having a relatively broad definition of rape, Sweden joins Britain and Canada in their tighter laws, where the lack of consent, even without violence, is enough to constitute a crime.

  • Accordingly, convicting a perpetrator of rape will no longer require that violence or threats were used, or that the victim's particularly vulnerable situation was exploited. Other proposals considered by the Council on Legislation are: increasing the minimum penalty for rape of a child; enhancing the protection provided under criminal law concerning sexual offenses against children where the perpetrator displayed negligence with regard to the child's age; and providing support to victims of sexual offenses at an earlier stage of the process.

  • The new law could go into effect on July 1, 2018.