Barcelona – Incredible verdict in Spain! In the case of group rape of an unconscious girl (14), the authors were convicted only for the crime of sexual abuse, not for rape! Therefore, the duration of prison sentences is much lower.
The group rape had arrived in October 2016 on the sidelines of a party in an abandoned factory in Manresa, Catalonia. Seven men were now in court in Barcelona.
The defendants "did not use intimidation or violence" because the victim was "unconscious"
▶ ︎ Two defendants were acquitted and five were imprisoned for sexual abuse for 10 to 12 years. The accusation of sexual assault – the equivalent of the rape accusation in Spanish law – dropped the court. The motivation indicated that the victim was "unconscious" after consuming drugs and alcohol and that the defendants "had not used any intimidation or violence".
This has caused a stir throughout the country! "The problem is not the verdict, the problem is our criminal law," the Montserrat Comas spokesman for the Catalan democracy judge said Friday.
▶ ︎ According to criminal law, the rape charge must always be evidence of intimidation or violence.
The Spanish law must be changed as soon as possible so that any sex treated without consent as a rape, said Comas: "The issue is particularly terrible, because we are talking about a child aged 14".
The case recalls another in northern Spain of Pamplona in 2018, which had caused much indignation in Spain – and as a result tens of thousands of women were protesting. After the rape of an eighteen-year-old at the San Fermin bullfighting party in 2016, the five men were also convicted of sexual abuse, not rape, although they had filmed the crime.