Prime Minister in the Sejm: We will not be soft on child sexual abuse.

The head of government spoke in connection with the first reading of the government’s draft amendment to the Penal Code, which provides for stricter penalties for the most serious crimes, including paedophilia.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that we have to answer the question of what kind of Poland we want. Whether we are in favour of a Poland that is fair towards the weaker and defenceless, or lenient towards the bandits and their shameful acts the Prime Minister said.

In line with the government’s draft amendment to the Penal Code, child sex abuse offences will be punished much more severely than at present. For raping a child, a paedophile will be imprisoned for up to 30 years, there will be no statute of limitation for paedophilia crimes, all children up to 16 years of age will be granted criminal protection against sex abuse and the convicts’ professions will be disclosed in the register of paedophiles.

Our actions to reinforce the provisions of the Penal Code aim primarily at courts applying higher penalties, but also at making the punishment inevitable the Prime Minister said.

The head of government asked the Sejm to adopt the draft as a matter of urgency and called on the opposition to vote in favour of implementing tougher penalties for paedophilia crimes.

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