Country Saint Lucia
Year 2005
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Sexual violence

Brief Description

The new Criminal Code No. 9 of 1 January 2005 expands the category of sexual offences. It created a new offence of unlawful sexual connection, and criminalized marital rape, but only in certain circumstances.

Other sexual offences include:
– sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 12
– sexual intercourse with a person between the ages of 12 to 16
– indecent assault and indecent acts.

The new Code further allows for the protection of victims of these offences, providing them with the security of hearing in camera and for non-reporting.

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/LCA/Q/Add.1, para. 4