Will Spain’s rape laws be reconsidered?

Protestors have taken to the streets in Spain in their thousands this week, to decry the recent decision of a Barcelona court to acquit five men of raping a 14-year-old girl in October 2016.

The men, referred to in Spanish media as Manada de Manresa (Manresa Wolf Pack), were said to have taken it in turns to rape the complainant at a party in an abandoned factory. They were initially accused of sexual abuse, but prosecutors had sought to change the charges to sexual assault. Under Spanish criminal law, sexual assault is the most serious sexual crime, and encompasses rape and other penetrative assaults.

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