Sweden passes new law ruling sex without explicit consent is rape

Sweden has passed a new law that rules sex without explicit consent is rape. The legislation, due to be come into effect on 1 July, requires people to obtain clear verbal or physical consent before sex. Prosecutors will no longer need to have evidence of violence, threats or the exploitation of a victim’s vulnerability to secure a rape conviction, The Independent reports.

A person needs to agree in words or clearly demonstrate that they want to engage in sexual activity. Passivity is not a sign of voluntary participation.