Sexual crimes against children: a forum to go further on incest

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The novelist Tristane Banon, at the initiative of the tribune, demonstrated in front of the Palais de Justice, in Paris on September 24, 2011 after having lodged a complaint against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

CHILDREN – Actors, directors, writers, musicians … 162 personalities from the artistic world sign a platform calling for the protection of children from sexual crimes by setting the threshold for non-consent at 15 years and 18 years in the event of incest.

This column published this Friday, February 12 in The Parisian Weekend, is signed by Tristane Banon, on behalf of the Collective for Children. She was one of the first in the 2000s to tell of having been sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The text is signed among others by Juliette Binoche, Zabou Breitman, Isabelle Carré, Annie Duperey, Line Renaud, Céline Sallette, Louis Bertignac, Dany Boon, Thomas Dutronc, Guillaume Gallienne, Patrice Leconte, Claude Lelouch, Didier Deschamps, Bixente Lizarazu .. .

“This is mass crime we are talking about (…). We who want firm laws to deter these unacceptable acts, all of us who are signing this petition today, ask you that this threshold of non-consent be set at 15 years, 18 in the event of incest ”, states the text s ‘addressing those who “make the laws”.

He cites estimates according to which “ten million French people” were victims of sexual violence before the age of 18, and recalls “that a minor child (is) raped every hour in France”.

The Billon bill is “insufficient”

The forum qualifies as “small progress” the draft bill Billon adopted by the Senate on January 21 aimed at setting the threshold for non-sexual consent at 13 years.

“It’s good but it’s not enough. It’s good but it’s dangerous (…) Our expectations are far too high for that ”, says Tristane Banon, referring to the recent Olivier Duhamel affair, figure of the Parisian intelligentsia and renowned constitutionalist accused of incest , or the testimonies of Christine Angot, Catherine Allégret and all those, “anonymous”, who “by the tens of thousands” are now using the hashtag #MeTooInceste.

“After the victims have found the strength and courage to open the eyes of society wide, you who make the laws cannot be the only ones to keep them partially closed,” says the author.

See also on HuffPost: Sexual violence against children is still a taboo


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