Spanish MPs back 'only yes means yes' sexual consent law

Spanish MPs back 'only yes means yes' sexual consent law

May 26, 2022 by BBC News - Home

Key Facts

  • By Guy Hedgecoe Madrid Image source, Getty Images Image caption, Spain's minister of equality Irene Montero (C) was instrumental in bringing the law to parliament Spain's Congress has approved legislation that seeks to make it easier for victims of sexual violence to prosecute their attackers by emphasising the importance of consent.
  • The Guarantee of Sexual Freedom law, also known as the "only yes means yes" law, was approved by a clear margin.
  • The men were all found guilty of sexual abuse, for which they were given nine-year jail sentences, but the court cleared them of rape on the grounds that neither violence nor intimidation had been used.
  • Image source, Getty Images Image caption, The wolf-pack case sparked protests across Spain and led to a review of its rape laws The issue of consent was key to the case.

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