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    Germany Moves to Tighten Law on Sex Crimes After Cologne Assaults

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    Angela Merkel's cabinet has approved a draft bill toughening legislature on sexual abuse crimes on Wednesday, over 2 months after mass attacks against women in the German city of Cologne, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On December 31, 2015, hundreds of females were robbed and sexually assaulted by groups of aggressive men, mostly of Arab and North African appearance in Cologne.

    The new draft law states that rape victims are not required to demonstrate that they physically resisted against the offender. If found guilty, an offender might get from 6 months to 10 years in prison depending on a crime, Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcaster reported Wednesday.

    Currently, in order for a crime to be recognized as rape, it is necessary to prove that the victim not only verbally declined sex but also physically resisted the criminal.

    The draft bill still requires parliamentary approval and is to be discussed by German Parliament in the coming weeks.

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