Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Prayer for Portugal as the nation moves to improve laws regarding rape

Lord, we pray for Portugal as the nation moves to legally expand the definition of rape to cover all sex without consent. With the “wolf pack” rape case in neighboring Spain revealing the flaw in rape laws and definitions, we celebrate that Portugal joins other European nations in seeking to correct this problem. We are thankful that removing the word “violence” from the definition will enable justice for unconscious or coerced victims. We celebrate that lawmakers unanimously voted to submit the amendment to a constitutional committee, and we pray that the 60 required days for discussing the amendment will be productive and candid. We do pray that lawmakers will vote to pass this amendment, so gang rapes like the notorious “wolf pack” one will no longer allow attackers to escape the severe punishment merited by their crimes. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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