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Sexual Abuse Verdict Sparks Public Anger in Spain


7Dnews London - AP

Sun, 29 Apr 2018 12:41 GMT

Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated across Spain in protest at the acquittal of five men on gang rape charges. Police in Pamplona said up to 35,000 people took to the streets on Saturday- for a third consecutive day - after the men were convicted of the lesser crime of sexual abuse. They were sentenced to nine years in prison. An 18-year-old woman was attacked during the city's famed San Fermin bull-running summer festival in 2016. 

The five men had recorded the attack on their mobile phones and joked about the incident afterwards on a Whatsapp group. Lawyers said the woman would appeal against the verdict, while state prosecutors announced on Friday that they would also appeal. 

The court's decision has prompted thousands of women to share their experiences of abuse on Twitter under the hashtag #cuentalo, Spanish for #tellit.

Under Spanish law, to be charged with the more serious crime of sexual aggression or rape, there must be specific violence attached to the crime such as threatening with a knife or dealing physical blows to the victim.

The Spanish government has announced plans to convene discussions on possible legal reforms.