Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

October-22-98

French Law Declares Women Incapable of Rape

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


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

8/22/2014 Ohio TRAP Law Forces Cincinnati Clinic to Shut Down - The Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area will lose one of its abortion providers today when the Lebanon Road Surgery Center closes its doors. . . .
 
8/22/2014 Supreme Court Blocks Marriage Equality in Virginia - The US Supreme Court granted a request Wednesday to stay a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturning Virginia's marriage equality ban. . . .
 
8/21/2014 Flexible Work Requests Produce Fatherhood Bonus and Motherhood Penalty - According to a recent study, men who request flexible work schedules are advantaged over women who make the same requests. In the study by Dr. . . .