1/. This afternoon, #Denmark came a step closer to finally recognising the simple fact that sex without consent is rape

Incredibly, only 9 countries in Europe recognise this!

Amnesty are campaigning to change this & Denmark shows us how it can be done!
2/. “This change didn't happen by chance. The demand was led by survivors who told their stories & lobbied to try & ensure no other woman would have to endure what they had suffered" @Helle_Jac @amnestydk

See rape survivor & activist, Kirstine, in 2019👇
3/. To support survivors, @amnesty undertook research & published reports which identified barriers to justice for women

“Changing these dangerous rape laws is a major step towards ending widespread harmful myths, stereotypes, stigma & endemic impunity for this crime” @AnnaMBlus
4/. Last year, @amnesty’s report on Denmark’s outdated & dangerous rape laws dominated headlines in Denmark & made news around the world

At the launch, survivors took to the podium to talk about their experience of rape.

The Minister was in the audience.
5/. But Amnesty had also been working behind the scenes.

Amnesty Denmark's @Helle_Jac had engaged in months of "advocacy" - conversations & meetings with govt representatives

Min of Justice @SorenPape rprtly changed his position after meeting survivors
6/. The #LetsTalkAboutYes campaign also enabled @amnesty to work with grassroots organisations & survivors groups & properly amplify their demands

In March 2019, the govt agreed to back consent-based rape legislation

But changing a law takes time...
7/. The campaign is from over

Govts sometimes agree to something only to draft an new law that falls far short of what was agreed, so @amnesty had to be vigilant

Also, changing laws are only a first step

A vital first step, but a first step nonetheless.
8/. As well as changing the law, cultural change is needed

Since legislation carries culture, amending the law = the first target

Changing a culture that pervades society - from playground to locker room, police station to witness stand - is a bigger job amnesty.org/en/latest/news…
9/. The #LetsTalkAboutYES campaign is active in many countries that still only defines rape as rape if it includes physical violence or threats

The Netherlands & Spain are currently in a 3-way race with Denmark to see which country will be next to pass consent-based legislation

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