What You Need to Know about Failure to Report Sexual Violence in France
By Melinee Le Priol
September 5, 2018
At the court house in Lyon at the opening of the trial of Cardinal Barbarin on April 4, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP)On Aug. 3, new legislation about sexual violence and harassment was introduced in France that amended the country’s penal code. It toughened penalties for not reporting such crimes.This could have a bearing on the trial of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon on charges that he covered up for a known pedophile. The trial is due to start on Jan. 7.The legal changes, known as the Schiappa law — named after its architect, Gender Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa — took place at the height of a summer marked by a succession of revelations about the concealment of sexual crimes within church institutions....