UK Government Considering Law to Ban ‘Rough Sex’ Defense

by admin on March 17, 2020

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The British government is considering legislation that would prohibit the use of the “rough sex” defense in sexual abuse cases.

The proposed law is part of a greater domestic abuse bill that is being re-introduced in parliament.

The so-called “rough sex” defense reemerged in the spotlight recently during the trial of the killer of the British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand.

The murderer’s legal team argued in that case that the “tragic” death occurred due to alcohol intoxication and a BDSM accident.

Thailand recently passed a new domestic abuse law that alters family law in Thailand to allow judges to impose 48-hour restraining orders on perpetrators if a victim feels that another attack is imminent.

One UK women’s rights group found that 30 British women had been killed in just the past decade in supposed consensual violent sexual activity that went awry.

Of those 30 cases, 17 led to murder charges for the men, nine led to manslaughter, and two led to acquittals.

The new UK domestic abuse bill also has provisions that require domestic abusers to undergo polygraph tests, bans them from cross-examining their alleged victims, and could provide safe accommodation for victims fleeing domestic abusers.

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