Can a Divided Coalition Government Reform Spain’s Sexual Assault Laws?

Women protest outside the Justice Ministry after five men accused of gang raping an unconscious 14-year-old three years ago were convicted of sexual abuse instead of assault or rape, in Madrid, Spain, Nov. 4, 2019 (AP photo by Paul White).
Women protest outside the Justice Ministry after five men accused of gang raping an unconscious 14-year-old three years ago were convicted of sexual abuse instead of assault or rape, in Madrid, Spain, Nov. 4, 2019 (AP photo by Paul White).
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MADRID—After a series of gut-wrenching incidents of rape sparked a massive public outcry in Spain in recent years, the country’s new leftist coalition government has quickly focused on overhauling its sexual assault laws. It has public opinion on its side, as several high-profile trials, including the conviction last summer of five men calling themselves the “Wolf Pack” who gang-raped an 18-year-old woman during the annual bull-running festival in Pamplona in 2016, have galvanized support for tackling this issue. According to the Madrid-based Sociological Research Center, 93 percent of Spaniards find sexual assault to be a worrying problem and 71 percent […]

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