Spaniards have taken to the streets to protest the verdict of five men accused of raping an 18-year-old woman at the ‘Running of the Bulls’ in Pamplona.
According to Spanish Barrister and feminist, Leon Fernando Del Canto, sexual aggression or ‘rape’ is defined by Article 178 of the 1995 Spanish Penal Code as involving penetration but also “violence or intimidation”. Without the presence of physical violence or intent to cause harm (intimidation), sexual offences are often categorised as sexual assaults. This means that penetration of a victim when they’re intoxicated or unconscious will often be ruled as a sexual assault because violence or intimidation cannot be proven.
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