In Germany, Sometimes “No” Means “Yes” In Rape Court Rulings

In Germany, Sometimes “No” Means “Yes” In Rape Court Rulings

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When a rape court in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia acquitted the alleged rapist of a 15-year-old girl in 2012, women’s rights advocates were outraged.                                                                                                                                                                          The ruling found that saying no, or even screaming it, wasn’t enough to merit rape charges.The number of German rape cases ending in convictions has plummeted from 22 percent to 8 percent over the past 20 years, according to a study released by the Hanover-based Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony.

In Germany’s three richest states, 24 percent of rape cases end in convictions and the number of rape cases filed has dropped by a third. In the three poorest states, the number of reported rapes has increased 40 percent, with a measly 4 percent ending in convictions.

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