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US News Gang cleared of rape 'because girl, 14, didn't fight back'

12:10  02 november  2019
12:10  02 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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  Thousands protest in Spain after men cleared of raping unconscious girl Thousands of people across Spain have taken to the streets in protest after five men who took turns to have sex with an unconscious 14-year-old girl were cleared of raping her. The decision by a court in Barcelona to convict the men of a lesser count of sexual abuse because they did not use violence or intimidation has sparked outrage, and campaigners are demanding a change in the law.Demonstrations were held in dozens of cities on Monday night, including the capital Madrid - where hundreds of people gathered at the gates of the ministry of justice.

FIVE men have been CLEARED of the rape of an unconscious 14 -year-old girl - because she didn ' t fight back . The court were only able to try Back in April 2018, protesters came out in their thousands after five men were cleared of gang - raping a teenager at Pamplona's Running with the Bulls festival.

A group of men have been acquitted of gang - raping a 14 -year-old because she didn ' t fight back . Although sexual contact took place between the five men and the teenage girl , the court was only able to try the men with the lesser charge of sexual abuse. Under Spanish law a sexual attack can only be

a person standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Spanish women protested in September against gender violence in the country © Getty Spanish women protested in September against gender violence in the country People in Spain have expressed outrage after a court cleared five men of rape, ruling they did not use violence against their 14-year-old victim.

The court in Barcelona said the girl was drunk and unconscious at the time and did not fight back.

Instead the men were guilty of a lesser charge of sexual abuse because they did not use violence or intimidation, and their act could not be considered sexual assault.

They were sentenced to 10-12 years in jail and fined €12,000 (£10,300).

The men, who denied the charges, took turns to have sex with the teenager after a party in the town of Manresa, north of Barcelona, in October 2016, the court heard.

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People in Spain have expressed outrage after a court cleared five men of rape , ruling they did not use violence against their 14 -year-old victim. The court in Barcelona said the girl was drunk and unconscious at the time and did not fight back . Instead the men were guilty of a lesser charge of

Wtf is a 14 -yo girl doing at a party with grown men, and then getting blackout drunk? Sounds like a legal definition issue where an unconscious victim is neither forced or intimidated into compliance. If the facts didn ’ t meet the legal standard for rape , they should be demanding a change to the law.

It said that because the victim was unconscious, she "could not accept or reject the sexual relations" and that the men "could carry out those sexual relations without the use of violence or intimidation".

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: A demonstration was held against the attackers in the earlier 'wolf pack' case © Getty A demonstration was held against the attackers in the earlier 'wolf pack' case Women's rights campaigners in Spain have now called for a change in the law following the court's controversial decision.

Activist Graciela Atencio said: "Any attack on sexual liberty should be considered violence.

"It's important that they introduce the term rape into the penal code for all attacks that involve penetration and that any sexual behaviour without consent be considered sexual violence."

Marisa Soleto, of the feminist group Fundacin Mujeres, said "this is just one more piece of proof for the necessity to change the penal code".

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A court in Barcelona cleared five men of sexual assault charges on Thursday after saying the crime did not fit the legal definition of rape because the unconscious teenage victim didn ' t fight back . Under Spanish law, a sexual attack can only be classified as an assault or rape if the perpetrator uses

They were accused of raping an unconscious 14 -year-old. A court concluded it was abuse, because she didn ’ t fight back . Protesters hold placards and umbrellas during a demonstration to demand that a Spanish court apply the penalty of rape and not sexual abuse in the case of a teen girl assaulted in

Barcelona mayor Ada Colau also expressed her anger at the verdict, saying it was "outrageous".

Ada Colau wearing a white shirt: Barcelona mayor Ada Colau called the court's verdict 'outrageous' © Getty Barcelona mayor Ada Colau called the court's verdict 'outrageous' She tweeted: "I'm not a judge and I don't know how many years in prison they deserve, but what I do know is that this is not abuse, it is rape!"

Spain's deputy prime minister, Carmen Calvo, said it is a priority of her government to change the law to make it clear that consent is necessary for sexual relations to occur legally.

A similar court ruling in 2017 sparked widespread protests when five men were found guilty of sexual abusing a woman but acquitted of rape over an attack during the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona.

In the "wolf pack" case, Spain's supreme court later overruled the lower court and convicted them of rape, increasing their jail sentences to 15 years rather than the original nine-year terms.

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