The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko signed the law on amendments to the Criminal Code on the protection of children from sexual exploitation. This was reported by the press service of the head of state.
According to the changes, voluntary sexual relationship with a person under the age of 16 committed by an adult is criminalized. Thus, the minimum age of sexual adulthood is established, which is in line with the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Only an adult will be responsible for the sexual relationship with a teenager aged less than 16. It will not concern sexual relationship with mutual consent when both sides are underage.
Optional Protocol This document aims to harmonize Ukrainian legislation with the provisions of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence; with the norms of the European Social Charter (revised).
The document provides that creation or maintenance of places of sexual abuse, pandering to sexual abuse involving a minor is punished by imprisonment for a term of five to ten years.
The law will come into force from the day of its official publication.
As it was reported earlier, 203 cases of the sexual violence, including 43 forcible rapes were spotted at the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions since April 2014 as the press service of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine reported citing the research of UN Monitoring Mission.
It is reported that totally the mobile brigades spotted 11,019 cases of the gender-specific violence and some of them took place long before the beginning of the conflict. The ministry specifies that only the cases that occurred after April 1, 2014, became the scope of the analysis because exactly these cases can have the connection to the armed conflict.