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Legal definition of rape of a child

From the Penal Code, Chapter 6, Section 4:

”A person who has sexual intercourse with a child under fifteen years of age or who with such a child carries out another sexual act that, having regard to the nature of the violation and the circumstances in general, is comparable to sexual intercourse, shall be sentenced for rape of a child to imprisonment for at least two and at most six years.”

This means that it is always illegal for an older person (over fifteen) to have sex with a child under the age of fifteen. This is classed as rape of a child. The law came about in order to protect children and young people from adults (most often men) who want to have sex with younger people (most often young women). It is irrelevant whether or not the person under the age of 15 wants to have sex/intercourse.

One exception to this is when two young people, one slightly older than fifteen and one slightly younger than fifteen, have a relationship in which they investigate their sexuality together.

According to the Penal Code, incest is also forbidden, i.e. it is forbidden for an adult to have intercourse with their own child or with someone for whose upbringing he or she is responsible. This protection applies up to the age of eighteen.

Important Contact Information

SOS Alarm 112

BRIS 116 111
www.bris.se

The police 114 14
www.polisen.se

Save the children
www.rb.se

Guidance centres for young people
www.umo.se

National Women’s Helpline 020-50 50 50

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