Denmark has strengthened its rape laws by criminalising sex without explicit consent. Al Jazeera reports that the new law passed by Parliament on Thursday widened the circumstances that could constitute rape – under the old legislation, prosecutors had to show the rapist had used violence or attacked someone who was unable to resist. “Now it will be clear, that if both parties do no consent to sex, then it’s rape,” Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup said in a statement. This as around 11,400 women a year are raped or subjected to attempted rape in Denmark, according to ministry figures.