Ex-models demand change over French sex abuse laws

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A group of former models have called on French lawmakers to abolish the law which determines how long victims of sexual assault have to report to the authorities. The women, including former supermodel Carré Otis, claim to have been sexually assaulted or raped by their French model agents more than 20 years ago. French law says they have run out of time to start criminal proceedings. But the women have said “rape should not have an expiration date”. Some of them travelled to Paris to give testimony at the French senate, saying “the law needs to change”. In the meeting with Senator Nathalie Goulet, the women, including Lesa Amoore, Thysia Huisman and Laurie Marsden, called for the time given for sexual assault to be reported to authorities to be “expanded or thrown away entirely”. Otis told the senators that it had taken her “decades to come to terms with what happened to me and decades to speak publicly” about her alleged rapes by the former European head of Elite model agency, Gerald Marie. He strongly refutes all the allegations.(BBC)…[+]