I have received this petition from the Care 2 Petitions Team.
I am absolutely horrified and disgusted that this can be going on in France. Please sign this petition to bring to the attention of the French government our disgust that situation is being allowed to continue.
Were any of you aware that this was state of affairs being allowed to continue?
France has no legal age of consent. What does this mean? There are no legal protections for children who are raped or groped, except in cases where they can prove violent threats or coercion. As a result, courts in France have found multiple paedophilic predators “innocent”.
Most western countries recognize that children do not understand and cannot consent to sexual activity. It’s time for France to wake up and join their ranks.
Age of consent laws are statutes that protect children from adults who abuse their position of power in order to manipulate children into sexual acts and even relationships. This should be a no-brainer: every country should have these laws on the books, and France is no exception.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, in which many people have shared their stories of abuse and survival, we must not forget that millions of children have been subjected to sexual trauma, too. Studies suggest that approximately eight per cent of boys and twenty per cent of girls globally experience sexual abuse prior to the age of 18. Their stories deserve to be heard, too, and they need the laws of justice to be on their side.
Tell the French government: pass an age of consent law, now!
Thank you for all that you do,
The Care2 Petitions Team