A ruling handed down by France's Supreme Court Wednesday declared that women are incapable of rape because they lack a phallus with which to sexually penetrate men. "The material element of the crime of rape is only realized if the perpetrator commits the act of sexual penetration on the person of the victim," the judgment read.
The new ruling overturned a lower court's ruling in a case against Catherine Maillard, charged with forcing her underage stepson to have sex with her continuously between 1986 and 1992.
France's Supreme Court, the "Cour de Cassation," ruled that Maillard cannot be tried for rape because she is a woman, and instead will be tried for "aggravated sexual aggression."
The court's judgment contradicts a previous ruling that contended that forcing someone to perform an act of oral sex was legally equivalent to rape.
Media Resources: Nando.net Reuters - October 21, 1998
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .