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Groups oppose call to abolish statutory rape clause

Groups oppose call to abolish statutory rape clause

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Several parent groups expressed Tuesday their opposition to a call for the abolishment of the statutory rape clause in the Criminal Code made by some participants in this year's Taiwan LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride parade. The National Parent Association, the National Alliance of Parents Organizations, and the Taiwan Children's Rights Association said they became worried after several parties and candidates running in the legislative elections in January took part in the Oct. 31 parade, in which the abolishment of Article 227 of the Criminal Code was advocated. The article stipulates that having sex with or committing obscene acts against minors under the age of 16 is a criminal offense. The groups said during a joint press conference that the article is aimed at protecting minors, so that they do not have sex before they are physically and mentally mature. The groups voiced opposition to the abolishment of the article and urged political parties and candidates to make their stance on the issue clear. In a statement released Nov. 7, organizers of the Taiwan LGBT Pride parade said the call for abolishing Article 227 was made by a group that took part in the annual event, in which all participants were allowed to freely express their opinions. The article was not part of the main issues advocated in this year's parade, but was in line with the theme of "No Age Limit," which sought to "explore how our everyday self-expression is hindered by social norms associated with age, sex and gender," the organizers said. The Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, members of which also took part in the planning of the annual event, said Tuesday that the parade is aimed at offering different groups a channel to voice their views. The call to abolish Article 227 of the Criminal Code sought to create discussion on whether minors are capable of expressing their sexuality and whether the existing laws' denial of such capabilities are appropriate, said the association, which provides counseling to the local LGBT community. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Kay Liu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 18:38 GMT+08:00