Sweden plans change in law to require explicit consent before sexual contact

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Under legislation expected to be approved by parliament, burden of proof would shift from victim to alleged attacker

Sweden is moving to change its rape law to shift the burden of proof from the claimant to the alleged attacker, in a proposal that would require people to obtain explicit consent before sexual contact.

Isabella Lovin, the deputy prime minister, said the recent #metoo anti-harassment campaign had shown the need for the new legislation, which is expected to be approved by parliament on Thursday.

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