Spain passes ‘only yes means yes’ law

A win for women.

The Congress of Spain passed legislation called the “only yes means yes law,” with 205 votes in favour, 141 against, and three abstentions.

“It’s a victorious day after many years of struggle,” said Irene Montero, the Equality Minister. “From now on no woman will have to prove that violence or intimidation was used for it to be recognised for what it is.”

The new law clarifies that sexual “consent must be affirmative and cannot be assumed to have been given by default or silence.”

The law states: “Consent can only be considered consent when it has been freely manifested through actions that, in accordance with the circumstances, clearly express the person’s wishes.”

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