• Wed, Mar 13 2013

The Netherlands Decided That Forced French Kissing Isn’t Just Like Rape After All

french_kissing_cows-1271Up until yesterday, the Dutch Supreme Court considered rape and a forced French kiss as the same thing. So similar, in fact, that both acts carried a maximum sentence of 12 years if one were to be convicted of it.

My response to this is my usual: What the fucking fuck?

According to this law, if my friend and I go out one night, I’m raped vaginally, anally or the like, and my friend has some douche shove his tongue down her throat, both of those violations are the same. Am I understanding this? Should someone be making it clearer for me, because yes, I’m confused. And since my own confusion is robbing me of any sensibility to formulate sentences, we’ll let The Daily Beast take over:

On Tuesday, a Supreme Court panel of three men and two women overturned a lower court’s rape conviction of a 36-year-old man for forcibly French kissing a woman in a hospital restroom. In its ruling, the panel said that a forced-tongue kiss is still illegal and should be counted as a potential form of sexual assault—one that carries a maximum eight-year prison sentence in the Netherlands. Rape, by contrast, carries a maximum 12-year sentence.

So… you can still go to jail for it, but instead of a 12-year maximum stint, we’re looking at only eight years. While any unwanted sexual advances, especially those that exceed past some flirting from that dude in accounting who gives you the creeps, definitely fall under the sexual harassment and/or sexual assault category, jail time for a forcible kiss just seems a little much. And, apparently, France has a similar law although it’s rarely enforced.

Do you think a forced French kiss is grounds for jail time? Thoughts?

Via DailyBeast

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  • gemma

    i actually think this is great? forced french kissing is not rape, but it is an unwanted sexual act, which should be punished. i don’t think anyone is comparing the two traumas but sexual assualt should be punished always.

    • gemma

      *comparing the trauma of being raped with being french kissed.

  • Anotherme65

    Anything forced should not be accepted and I do think a forced french kiss should mean jail time, though maybe not 8 years. how about 30 days to think about it. Though how does one force a “french kiss” Maybe with a gun or knife cause otherwise the recipient can keep their teeth clinched, right?