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Clear legal basis needed to combat violence against women

Sexual violence should be recognised as a crime by all EU Member States, and offenders should automatically be prosecuted, says Parliament in a resolution adopted on Thursday. Male violence against women, irrespective of men's age, education, income or social status, is an EU-wide structural problem and the number of female victims of gender-based violence is alarming, they add.


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Taken on November 25, 2009