The Law of Only Yes is Yes
The "Only Yes is Yes Law" is a Spanish law that came into force in July 2015, which aims to combat sexual violence and ensure that all sexual relations are based on the consent of both parties. The law establishes that consent must be express and free for a sexual relationship to be considered legal.
The law establishes that silence or passivity cannot be interpreted as consent, and that any sexual act performed without the express consent of both parties is considered rape. It also establishes that sexual violence does not require the presence of physical violence, but that any non-consensual sexual act is considered sexual violence, including coercion and abuse of power.
In addition, the law also includes measures to improve the protection of victims of sexual violence, including the possibility of reporting the facts through a videoconference or through a lawyer or a social worker. Measures are also established to ensure that defendants receive a fair trial, by prohibiting inappropriate questions to victims during the trial.
The "Yes is Yes" law also includes measures to improve consent education in schools and universities, and to ensure that authorities are trained to handle complaints of sexual violence appropriately.
In general, the Law of Yes is Yes is an important step to combat sexual violence in Spain, by establishing a clear legal framework to guarantee consent in sexual relations and improve the protection of victims of sexual violence.
The error of the Law of Only Yes is Yes
The Yes is Yes Law has been criticized by some people for various reasons, one of the main ones being that some argue that the law is not adequately designed to handle complex cases of sexual violence. For example, some argue that the law does not take into account cultural differences and the different ways in which consent is expressed. Others argue that the law does not adequately address cases of sexual violence in the context of intimate relationships.
Furthermore, some critics argue that the law can have negative effects on defendants, as it can lead to convictions based on deptic evidence or a lack of understanding of the dynamics of sexual intercourse.
Another criticism is that the law does not adequately address the lack of resources and the lack of training of the authorities to properly handle complaints of sexual violence. This can lead to a lack of adequate response to complaints and a lack of justice for the victims.
In general, some people argue that the Yes is Yes law is well-intentioned, but is not adequately designed to address all aspects of sexual violence and that it can have negative consequences for the parties involved.