Belgium: European Parliament debates 'wolf pack' rape case

The European Parliament debated whether member states are complying with internationally agreed definitions of rape, in the wake of the ‘wolf pack’ case currently engulfing Spain. Spanish Member of Parliament Tania Gonzalez called the session to demand countries adopt measures ratified under the Istanbul Convention, including the criminalisation of all non-consensual sexual acts. «Only yes means... Еще yes,» she told MEPs. Colleagues of Gonzalez lined up to denounce a legal system which seeks to differentiate between non-consensual sex that is violent or non-violent. MEP Iratxe Garcia pointed out that only nine European countries define rape as non-consensual sex regardless of whether violence or intimidation occurred. The 'wolf pack' case led to national outcry in Spain. Five men were accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman during the San Fermin 'running of the bulls' festival on July 7, 2016. They were convicted for sexual abuse, instead of the more serious charge of rape. Judges ruled there was no violence or intimidation used in the act.

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