One hundred French personalities call for a comprehensive law against sexual violence – rts.ch

One hundred French personalities call for a comprehensive law against sexual violence – rts.ch
One hundred French personalities call for a comprehensive law against sexual violence – rts.ch

Seven years after the launch of the #Metoo movement and just before the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, one hundred personalities, including many actresses, demanded in a petition a comprehensive law against sexual violence in France.

“There are 100 of us, but in reality there are hundreds of thousands of us,” write the signatories of this petition also published in Le Monde and initiated by The Women’s Foundation, #Metoomedia and actress Anna Mouglalis.

Gender-based and sexual violence is systemic, not exceptional

The Women’s Foundation

“Our #Metoo speeches revealed a reality shrouded in denial: sexist and sexual violence is systemic, not exceptional. However (…) who really listens to us?”

Among the signatories are the actresses Isabelle Adjani, Charlotte Arnould, Emmanuelle Béart, Juliette Binoche, Emma de Caunes, Judith Godrèche, Isild Le Besco and Muriel Robin, the authors Leila Slimani, Christine Angot and Vanessa Springora and the actor Philippe Torreton.

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“Impunity is growing”

“For seven years, we have spoken for ourselves and for all the women, men and children who cannot do so,” they write. “We are not numbers: women and men from all professional backgrounds, we come together to demand a comprehensive law against sexual and gender-based violence, ambitious and equipped with resources. Because despite the courage of the victims, there is impunity who grows.”

The signatories consider in particular “unacceptable” that the rate of dismissal of complaints for sexual violence “has reached the crazy rate of 94% in 2022” and warn that they no longer accept “the effects of announcements without follow-up”.

“Integral law”

“The addition of the single word consent in the law will not make it possible to catch up with France’s abysmal delay in this area,” they believe, in reference to the commitment made in March by Emmanuel Macron.

The signatories demand “a comprehensive law which will clarify, among other things, the definition of rape and consent, introduce that of incest, judge serial rapists for all known rapes, extend protection orders to victims of rape, to facilitate the collection of evidence, to create specialized brigades, to prohibit investigations into the sexual past of victims.

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This law must also allow “immediate and free access to psycho-traumatology care, to finally provide the financial means for this public policy and the associations which implement it”, they add.

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