6 Jul, 2021 @ 17:22
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‘Only yes means yes’: Spain’s cabinet approves bill to classify ‘non-consensual’ sex as rape

Ministers in Spain support new law that will classify all 'non-consensual' sex as rape
The Minister for Equality, Irene Montero during the presentation this Thursday at the headquarters of the Ministry in Madrid of the Agreement for the Development of Effective Equality between Men and Women at Work. Madrid July 30, 2020 Spain (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto)

SPAIN’S cabinet has backed a bill which would classify all ‘non-consensual’ sex as rape.

The Council of Ministers approval today(July 6) will see the measure debated this September by Congress before it becomes law.

The proposal has been given the tag-line of the ‘Yes means Yes’ bill and would bring Spain into line with other European countries.

Parliamentary approval is expected before the end of the year.

Equality Minister, Irene Montero, said:“The objective is clear that no woman feels alone.”

“This represents a decisive advance in the comprehensive protection of women and it certainly makes us feel better as a society,” she added.

The first draft of the bill was published in March 2020.

Today’s ministerial approval comes five years after the notorious ‘Wolf Pack’ case when five men raped a teenage women at the Pamplona bull runs.

That incident sparked an outcry over Spain’s lax laws over sexual assault.

Stalking and harassment will also become crimes once the legislation is passed.

Irene Montero praised assaulted women who had broken a ‘wall of silence’ to tell their stories.

“This law is yours. Only yes is yes,” the minister said.

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Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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