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Thousand of demonstrators protest in Spain after men are found guilty in ‘Wolf Pack’ rape case

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 April 2018, 14:36 IST

In 2016, a group of men gang raped an 18-year-old girl during the Running of the Bulls festival. The court in Spain failed to convict a group which led to a protest in cities across Spain.

The group which gang raped the girl also known as the "wolf pack," named after a WhatsApp chat where they bragged about the assault and raping the girl.

A three-judge panel in Pamplona in northern Spain, found the group of men guilty of the lesser crime of “continuous sexual abuse,” according to CNN.

After the court's decision thousand of demonstrators protested outside of the Pamplona courthouse in droves, calling the sexual abuse conviction unjust.

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The group which gang raped the girl also known as the "wolf pack," named after a WhatsApp chat where they bragged about the assault and raping the girl.

A three-judge panel in Pamplona in northern Spain, found the group of men guilty of the lesser crime of “continuous sexual abuse,” according to CNN.

After the court's decision thousand of demonstrators protested outside of the Pamplona courthouse in droves, calling the sexual abuse conviction unjust.

Amnesty International’s Spanish chapter said, the judges find the women responsible for their rape.

The organization wrote on Facebook in Spanish, “The absence of legal recognition that sexual relations without consent constitutes rape encourages the idea that we as women bear the responsibility to protect ourselves from rape. These attitudes are dangerous and have to change.”

The group of men is also known as “La Manada” in Spain. Before, the Running of the Bulls began the group discussed  using sedatives on women to rape them, according to The Telegraph.

After they raped an 18-year-old girl, the group boasted that they “f***** a girl between five and even had footage to prove it. CNN reported that one of the man from the group called the festival as an “amazing trip.

The 18-year-old girl explained, the men took her through a doorway, gang-raped her, then stole her phone and fled. The men also made a video of assault on their cellphones, resulting in seven videos that had a total of 96 seconds of footage which was viewed during trial.

According to The Guardian, the girl was later found crying on a bench. She filed a report with police and the five men were arrested the next day.

The gang rape was covered in the local media for two years and sparked a local Me Too movement against violence on women.

The Guardian reported, the attackers, José Ángel Prenda, Alfonso Cabezuelo, Antonio Manuel Guerrero, Jesús Escudero and Ángel Boza, were sentenced to nine years in prison, five years’ probation and were ordered to pay €10,000 to the victim.

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First published: 29 April 2018, 14:36 IST
 
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