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Spain 'wolf pack' sex attack gang not rapists

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"A Spanish appeals court has upheld a controversial ruling clearing five members of the notorious "wolf pack" group of gang-raping a teenager.

The men were cleared of rape charges over the assault in April, which took place during the Pamplona bull running festival in 2016, but convicted of sexual abuse.

Under Spain’s criminal code, rape must involve specific acts of violence such as being threatened with a knife or dealt physical blows.

The decision sparked protests across Spain amid calls for tougher punishments for sexual crimes.

But a majority of a five-judge panel at the court in Navarra on Wednesday confirmed nine-year prison sentences for the men for the lesser crime of sexual assault.

During the 2016 festival, five members of the messaging group ushered an 18-year-old woman into the lobby of a residential building where they sexually attacked her nine times in the space of half an hour.

They then stole her mobile phone and left her there. Following the incident, they boasted about the crime on their WhatsApp group and posted photos and videos of the attack.

The state prosecutor had originally asked for sentences of more than 20 years for rape, which in Spain requires a plaintiff to present evidence of specific violence.

Lawyers for the defence claimed the woman consented and let one of the men kiss her. They also said a short video footage from the encounter showed the woman not moving and with her eyes shut, proving she consented.

The prosecution argued the victim was too terrified to move.

The initial verdict, delivered by the three judges, said the woman had not been raped since she had adopted “an attitude of submission and subjugation”."

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Either the judges are wrong or the legislation is wrong. Either way, something's not right. IMO, this was rape.
 
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the legislation is wrong
Yep. This is a legal decision based on Spanish law, not a moral assessment of the actions taken by the attackers. This was RAPE, pure and simple from a moral standpoint. But, Spanish law has a flaw. It requires explicit, not implicit violence. There was no physical force used to overcome any resistance. Basically, she just shut down and closed her eyes as they violated her. So, essentially the judges are saying that the law as written does not apply to this case. They aren't telling us anything about who can be blamed for what.

The judges correctly applied this flawed law. We should not be blaming the judges for this. The attackers are, indeed, not rapists according to Spanish law, disgusting though that may be.
 

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And people wonder why I have no desire to visit Europe with my wife.
So... Instead.

You planning a trip to visit one of the Gulf States in the near future?


UK charity warns tourists in Dubai not to report rape after woman who was 'gang raped' arrested
Foreign Office also accused of failing to do enough to help women after alleged victim detained on suspicion of having ‘extramarital sex’, an offence under sharia law
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...etained-in-dubai-police-charity-a7422326.html
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So... Instead.

You planning a trip to visit one of the Gulf States in the near future?


UK charity warns tourists in Dubai not to report rape after woman who was 'gang raped' arrested
Foreign Office also accused of failing to do enough to help women after alleged victim detained on suspicion of having ‘extramarital sex’, an offence under sharia law
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...etained-in-dubai-police-charity-a7422326.html
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I prefer to travel within the 13 other states that recognize Florida’s concealed weapons permit license. But that’s not always possible. But heading across the Atlantic I don’t think we are ever going to do when the people have allowed themselves to all become all sheep.
 
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