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Sexual Assault: Law Reform in a Comparative Perspective


Hörnle,  Tatjana
Criminal Law, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Max Planck Society;

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Hörnle, T. (Ed.). (2023). Sexual Assault: Law Reform in a Comparative Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000C-C2CA-5
Sexual assault law has been undergoing significant shifts around the world. Traditional criminal laws against sexual assault had a narrow scope: they targeted rape as coerced sexual intercourse, and they defined coercion as physical violence or threats with physical violence. Modern offense descriptions are tracing a change in the logic and structure of criminal laws against sexual assault from the offenders' violence to the victims' lack of consent as the key feature of criminal wrongdoing. However, there are clear and marked differences regarding the offence descriptions in substantive criminal laws in various jurisdictions.