France has just made catcalling illegal

An amazing moment in #MeToo history

Photo credit: Vogue

Photo credit: Vogue

This year, we've seen a lot of change.

In amazing news, French lawmakers have voted to outlaw street sexual harassment as part of tighter legislation on sexual misconduct, including catcalling and statutory rape.

As of next month, catcalling on streets and public transportation can result in on-the-spot fines of up to €750, with more for increasingly aggressive and physical behaviour.  Included in the bill are new laws concerning consent for victims of sexual violence under 15, and an extension for underage victims to file complaints to 30 years after they turn 18.

This is an amazing moment for the #MeToo movement (#BalanceTonPorc in French), and really anybody subject to sexual harassment. We hope the rest of the world follows suit.

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