On 7 July, German parliament has passed the
«Rape cannot be limited to just physical assault," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland of the Istanbul Convention, which requires European governments to define rape as
German ratification of the Istanbul Convention will be a major step to end violence against women and domestic violence in Germany, and should encourage more governments to ratify, he added.
The Istanbul Convention criminalises violence against women in all its forms. It seeks to prevent violent acts, protect and support victims and prosecute perpetrators.
Adapted from the Council of Europe