In Spain, any sexual intercourse that takes place without the consent of women will be considered rape

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In Spain, any sexual intercourse that takes place without the consent of women will be considered rape

In Spain, the lower house of Parliament has approved a bill that characterizes any sexual intercourse that takes place against the consent of women as rape.

In Spain, any sexual intercourse that takes place without the consent of women will be considered rape

Known as “only yes is yes,” the government’s proposed legislation qualifies sexual abuse and sexual assault as rape crimes. To prove that this crime was committed, the victim will no longer need to prove that he or she was subjected to violence or that he or she exhibited resistance.

Equality Minister Irene Montero told lawmakers in Congress, “(The slogans) ‘Only yes is yes’ and ‘I believe in you, sister’ have finally become a law. From now on, Spain is a freer and safer country for all women.”

The bill, which has been in the works for more than two years and was adopted by a vote of 140 to 201, was sent to the upper house of parliament. Here, too, if approved, the law will come into force.

In Spain, 4 years ago, five men calling themselves the “Wolf Pack” gang-raped a woman during a bull run festival in Pamplona.

The fact that men were sentenced to lighter prison sentences for sexual abuse instead of rape caused a great reaction in the public opinion and accelerated the drafting of the law.

Mass protests against the convictions drew international attention to Spain in the wake of the global #MeToo movement, and the Supreme Court, which appealed the verdict in 2019, ruled that five men had been raped and imposed longer prison sentences on them.

The recent rape of an 18-year-old woman by two underage teenagers and the revelation that they had sexually assaulted two girls, aged 12 and 13, shocked society once again.

The new legislation will require underage offenders to receive mandatory sex and equality training.

On May 17, Spain’s left-wing minority government also introduced a bill to parliament that would strengthen abortion rights and allow women who spend months violently to benefit from paid leave covered by the state. If the bill is adopted, Spain will be the first country in Europe to take steps in this direction.

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