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Protests as Pamplona gang-rapists released on bail
22 June 2018 @ 00:18

PROTESTS are set to be staged all over Spain now that the men who gang-raped an 18-year-old girl at Pamplona's Sanfermines bull-running festival have been released on bail.

In another bitter blow for the victim and other rape survivors nationwide, José Ángel Prenda, Ángel Boza, Jesús Escudero, Antonio Manuel Guerrero and Alfonso Jesús Cabezuelo – all originally from Sevilla and who go under the collective street name of La Manada ('The Herd') have been freed after paying a bail release to the tune of €6,000 each.

They had already been sentenced, but have appealed, and their release has been agreed until the final verdict comes through.

Protesters have already been storming the streets in every province since the end of April, when the male judges in charge of the case decided they were not guilty of rape, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years, but instead 'sexual abuse', which cut their custodial terms to nine years each.

According to the magistrates, no force, violence or intimidation had been used and the victim had not struggled, nor had she expressly refused sex.

The young woman, on holiday from Madrid, had been very drunk when the men offered to walk her home but instead took her into a doorway and took turns to rape her whilst filming each other.



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toolman2 said:
30 June 2018 @ 14:33

Spain's law needs some slight changes to it. British law more or less states that there has to be consent. If the victim of the rape is unable to give consent because of drink or drugs then it is deemed that consent was not given. The victim might have been under such great fear that he or she complied, but it still means that consent was not given. Consent needs to be defined and understood, (especially by judges), the person has to consent, freely and willingly without any form of coercion.
That a woman should be used in such a way as if she were nothing disgusts and appalls me. Even the 20 year sentence is too lenient, to allow them off with just up to 9 years, (I suppose they get 50% off for good behaviour), will only serve to lessen the perceived seriousness of the offence. They will still be out after more victims in only 4 to 5 years.
I sincerely hope that the lawmakers take note of the wishes of the people, after all, the law exists for the people.

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