Girl claims 20 firemen raped her over two years from the age of 13 in France: Two admit they’d ‘group intercourse’ whereas on responsibility and sporting their uniforms
- A girl in France claimed that she was raped by 20 firefighters over 2 years
- She claims she was simply 13 years outdated when a firefighter started grooming her
- Ten years on, three males have been charged with sexual violation
- Case has sparked protests & renewed calls to introduce an age of sexual consent
A girl in France has claimed that she was raped by 20 firefighters over a interval of two years from the age of 13 to fifteen.
The girl, now aged 25, mentioned she was groomed by a firefighter who assisted her throughout an anxiousness seizure in 2008.
Ten years on from the alleged abuse, three males have been charged with sexual violation and the nation’s highest courtroom is about to rule on the case on Wednesday.
The case of the alleged sufferer, who has been dubbed ‘Julie’ by French media, has sparked protests in France, with campaigners demanding an age of sexual consent must be enshrined in regulation.
Dozens of individuals gathered at Place Saint-Michel to demand ‘Justice for Julie’ on Sunday
In French regulation, there may be an ‘age of sexual majority’ at 15, however there is no such thing as a age beneath which a minor can’t be deemed to consent, that means a toddler shouldn’t be essentially thought of a rape sufferer.
It’s an offence for somebody ready of authority to have intercourse with an individual beneath the age of 18.
As compared, within the UK, intercourse with under-13s is statutory rape.
Protests broke out throughout France on the weekend in assist of the girl.
Julie claims that one firefighter named Pierre started grooming her at age 13 earlier than she was raped by him and 19 of his colleagues over a interval of two years.
In January 2009, Pierre allegedly visited Julie’s house and raped her whereas her mom was out for a canine stroll.
Julie advised investigators that in November 2009, Pierre, whereas sporting full uniform, allegedly took Julie to his condominium the place two colleagues came to visit and proceeded to gang-rape her.
In French regulation, there may be an ‘age of sexual majority’ at 15, however there is no such thing as a age beneath which a minor can’t be deemed to consent. Above, protests in Paris on Sunday
At the least three of the firefighters have admitted to having intercourse with the then-teenager, though they keep that the intercourse was consensual.
Julie says she was ‘terrified and paralysed with concern’ on the time.
The boys visited her house 130 occasions over two years, in keeping with a report in The Guardian.
The woman’s mom advised investigators she had no thought what was happening. ‘I even made cake for the firemen,’ she mentioned.
Of Pierre, she mentioned: ‘I assumed he was the final particular person to do such a factor as a result of he had helped her so many occasions and noticed how susceptible she was.’
Julie’s psychological and bodily well being deteriorated following the alleged assaults, and she or he was prescribed anti-anxiety treatment.
After being taken off treatment in July 2010, Julie disclosed the abuse to her mom, who filed a police report.
Dozens of individuals gathered this Sunday at Place Saint-Michel to demand “Justice for Julie”
Her case has been taken to the nation’s supreme courtroom of enchantment and will attain its conclusion on Wednesday.
At present three males are charged with ‘sexual violation’ though prosecutors will argue that every one 20 males must be convicted of rape.
In France, the utmost sentence for sexual violation is seven years, in contrast with 20 for rape.
With a purpose to convey rape prices in France, the complainant should show she was compelled or violently coerced.
The sufferer’s authorized advocate, Marjolaine Vignola, mentioned: ‘Each stereotype about rape is on this case: The judges and the psychiatrist say Julie is a liar, that she consented to intercourse with all these males and that she is mendacity about being raped as a result of she is ashamed.’