France Uses Fines to Fight Sexual Harassment
The government of France announced new measures against sexual wrongdoing Wednesday, including fines for sexual harassment. It also extended the time limit for rape accusations.
President Emmanuel Macron has said the bill is designed to make sure "women are not afraid to be outside."
Last year, a series of sexual abuse accusations made against powerful men led to an online movement against sexual wrongdoing.
In the proposed French legislation, adult rape victims can take legal action anytime within 30 years of the wrongdoing. If the victim is under age 18, they can start legal action until they are 48 years old.
The limit currently is 30 years for those aged 20 and above.
The measure would also set 15 as the age of consent to have sex with someone 18 years or older.
The punishment of fines for public sexual harassment is one of the proposal's more unusual ideas.
Marlène Schiappa said police could order offenders to immediate payment of fines. The fines would extend from about $110 up to around $920. Fines could go as high as $3,700 for repeat offenders.
Schiappa told reporters that it was important French laws make clear that sexual harassment and threatening behavior will not be accepted. She added that there are no "lawless" areas in France.
An opinion study released Wednesday showed that about 90 percent of the French public support the proposed fines. Around the same amount support the extension of time limits for legal action. The study was done by the international market research group, IFOP.
However the new laws have critics, including one of the country's most famous actors, Catherine Deneuve. Many argue the laws will destroy the search for love and sexual relationships.
Schiappa dismissed the criticism. When speaking last year to Reuter's news agency, she said, "Some say we will kill the culture of the ‘French lover' if we punish street harassment. But it's the opposite."
She said the law will make it clear that when someone says ‘no,' the answer is final.
The bill also calls for stronger action against online harassment, Schiappa said.
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1.calls for 呼吁；要求
The plan calls for a ceasefire and UN supervision of the country.
2.online harassment 网络骚扰
Online harassment is just as bad as the bricks and mortar kind.
3.search for 寻找
They drew a blank in their search for the driver.
4.repeat offender 惯犯
Now remember to stress his record as a repeat offender.
5.President Emmanuel Macron has said the bill is designed to make sure "women are not afraid to be outside."
make sure 确信
Make sure you have ample time to prepare for the new day ahead.
You have to make sure you're comparing like with like.
6.She said the law will make it clear that when someone says ‘no,' the answer is final.
make it clear 弄清楚
I must make it clear I never laid a finger on her.
I want to make it clear, however, that no one is untouchable in this investigation.
玛琳·席亚帕（Marlène Schiappa）表示，警方可以命令骚扰者当场支付罚金。罚款金额从110美元到920美元不等 。对于屡教不改的惯犯，罚款最高可达3700美元 。
然而，这项新法律也有反对的声音，包括法国著名演员凯瑟琳·德纳芙（Catherine Deneuve）。很多人认为，这些法律会阻碍人们追求爱情和两性关系的步伐 。
席亚帕驳斥了这种批评。去年，她曾对路透社表示，“有人认为，惩罚街头的骚扰会抹杀‘法国情人’的文化 。但是事实却恰恰相反 。”