Hörnle, T. (2017). The New German Law on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment. German Law Journal - Open Access to Comparative, European and International Law, 18(6), 1309–1329. doi:10.1017/S2071832200022355
In 2016, the German parliament changed the law on sexual assault and rape (Sect. 177 StGB). The new law assumes a “no-means-no”-model, while the old law required coercion as a necessary feature of rape and other forms of sexual assaults. In addition, two new offense descriptions were introduced: sexual harassment (Sect. 184i StGB) and offenses out of groups (Sect. 184j StGB). In this Article, I describe the deficiencies of the old law, the process of law reform, and the newly enacted prohibitions.