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Qualifier pénalement l’inceste : les incertitudes du droit pénal français contemporain

Abstract : Once a specific crime, incest became a particular case of sexual offences in the modern French penal code. Today the issue is about the penal treatment of incest, its penal qualification is far from obvious. Usually, a problem related to the physical proof is raised: lack of physical marks, outdated facts, lack of witness. There are also uncertainties to aim for incestuous family links, and to provide evidence of a minor victim’s non-consent. This article is based on a corpus of 27 legal cases of child sexual abuses within families. These cases have been judged in 2010 by French children’s courts or correctional courts. We study how the criminal law is applied to punish incest. The analysis focused on disparities of the incest penal qualification. Some family ties are considered incestuous, but others are not because out of the direct kinship. The article also highlights that age category prevails over kinship. Thus, the statutory non-consent related to age incorporates incest inside genealogic and unequal relationships adult/minor.
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Marie Romero. Qualifier pénalement l’inceste : les incertitudes du droit pénal français contemporain. Cahiers d'anthropologie sociale, Paris: l'Herne, 2017, La peur de l'inceste, 15, pp.127-143. ⟨hal-01749605⟩

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