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Spanish ‘Wolfpack’ jailed for rape after controversial sexual assault conviction overturned

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  • July 5, 2020
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Spain’s Supreme Court on Friday found five men guilty of raping an 18-year-old at Pamplona’s bull-running festival, overturning a lesser conviction of sexual abuse that had sparked large-scale protests by women’s groups across the country.

The country’s top judges handed down prison sentences of 15 years for the men known as the "Wolfpack" in reference to the name they gave the WhatsApp group in which they shared videos of the 2016 gang rape. 

The tougher penalty, upped from the previous sentences of nine years, was imposed following a closely watched hearing that was broadcast live on national television.

The notorious case shook Spain, prompting  debate about the nature of consent and moves to reform the law which stipulates the use of physical intimidation or violence for a rape conviction. The admittance, during the original trial, of a defence detective’s report on the woman’s behaviour after the incident was also widely criticised. 

Lawyers for the men had called for their complete acquittal, arguing they could not have realised she did not consent due to a lack of protest or resistance. 

Judges in Pamplona acquitted them of rape on that basis in April 2018, a verdict that was confirmed in another ruling in 2018, angering the woman’s supporters.

"If you resist they kill you, if you don’t resist you consent. What to do?" read one sign at a protest.

Jesus Escudero, one of the members of the "Wolfpack" outside court in SevilleCredit:
PEPO HERRERA/EPA-EFE/REX

The Supreme Court judges ultimately sided with prosecutors, describing the moment of the rape as “a genuinely intimidatory situation, in which the victim at no time consented to the sexual acts carried out by the accused”.

The victim found herself in "a situation of intimidation that made her adopt an attitude of submission, doing what the perpetrators told her to do."

The woman had told the court that she froze when the five men surrounded her in an alcove in the empty hallway of a building, before pulling off her clothes and penetrating her.

“I just wanted it to finish as soon as possible,” she said.

The court said there were "at least 10 sexual assaults with oral, vaginal and anal penetration". 

One of the five men, Antonio Manuel Guerrero, a policeman with Spain’s Guardia Civil, was given two more years in jail for stealing the victim’s mobile phone after the rape. The woman was found in a distraught state by passers-by in the street.

The ruling was welcomed by women’s groups. Viviana Waisman, president of the international association Women’s Link, said it set a “very important precedent”.

“It sends a clear message that judges must apply the law without gender stereotypes, and when victims of sexual violence come forth, they must be believed instead of questioned.”

"Only yes is yes," Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, said on Twitter.

 

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