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PSOE leaders ask to study or review the Law of 'only yes is yes' after the reduction of sentences and releases

Among others, Montero and Alegría talk about "studying" the text, Page asks to review the norm "as soon as possible" and Gabriela Bravo, to reflect.

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PSOE leaders ask to study or review the Law of 'only yes is yes' after the reduction of sentences and releases

Among others, Montero and Alegría talk about "studying" the text, Page asks to review the norm "as soon as possible" and Gabriela Bravo, to reflect


Several PSOE officials have asked to study or review the law for the comprehensive guarantee of sexual freedom, known as the 'only yes is yes' law, after reviewing sentences, reducing prison sentences and even release orders ordered for several convicted of sexual offences. However, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has defended the rule and has appealed to the sensitivity of the judges, although he has not ruled out changes.

Among them are the Deputy Secretary General and Minister of Finance and Public Function, María Jesús Montero, the spokesperson for the Federal Executive and Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Pilar Alegría, the President of Castilla La Mancha, Emiliano García Page and various government advisers. Socialist of the Valencian Community.

The Government Delegate in Asturias, Delia Losa, has also spoken along these lines, who has urged to "immediately correct" the "perverse effect" of the law promoted by the Ministry of Equality led by Irene Montero (Unidas Podemos) and former deputy secretary general of the PSOE, Elena Valenciano, who has pointed out that "technically the laws must be done well".

However, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has defended the rule this Wednesday and has appealed to the sensitivity of the courts, although he has not ruled out changes either. "We are going to wait to see what the courts and the prosecution say, that they unify criteria and, from there we will see what steps to take," explained the president of the Executive in an appearance before the media in Bali after the closing of the G-20 Summit.

The 'number two' of the PSOE affirmed this Tuesday that the legal text should be "studied" and also the sentences that have decreed the reduction of sentences because in her opinion it is evident that the purpose of this law was not that the sentences could be reduced for abuse of minors but "just the opposite". "Therefore it would be necessary to study both the sentences, to see what issues are covered and the legal text itself," he reiterated.

This same Wednesday, Montero added that the Government is going to promote actions that allow the law to fulfill its objective of protecting victims of aggression and toughen penalties and sanctions, instead of lowering them as has already happened in some cases since its entry. in force.

Asked about the possibility of reforming this law, Montero replied that although "very quick" answers are sometimes sought, "in politics, issues must be studied very rigorously."

Pilar Alegría has also advocated this Wednesday for "studying and assessing in a calm manner" the law from a legal point of view, to know "the possible modifications that must be made to clearly respect its objective: the clear and resounding protection of the victims" .

"The whole of society has been aware of these sentences", he stressed, for which he explained that the law will be analyzed from a legal point of view to see "what has happened" and, from there, to know "if something has to be done change to prevent this from happening.

So far, the courts have already reduced at least eight sentences of sexual abuse due to the application of the 'law of only yes is yes', promoted by the Ministry of Equality, and it is expected that they will have to review dozens more sentences every time they the reform of the Criminal Code is "more favorable to the prisoner."

Among the cases that have emerged so far there are four in the Community of Madrid, two in the Balearic Islands, one in Murcia and one in Galicia. The magistrates have explained in their resolutions that the reductions respond to the application of Organic Law 10/2022, of September 6, on the comprehensive guarantee of sexual freedom.

In one of the cases, the Provincial Court of the Balearic Islands has even ordered the immediate release of two prisoners who were serving a three-year prison sentence for two sexual assaults without penetration, after reviewing their cases under the application of the new law.

More forceful has been the president of Castilla La Mancha, Emiliano García Page, who has urged to review the norm "the sooner the better" and has reproached those responsible for the Government -in reference to the members of Podemos- that the "arrogance ideological, the one that digs trenches", does not end up being the solution.

Thus, he has recommended to Podemos "recognize errors", if any aspect of the standard has to be adjusted, since everyone can make mistakes. "The mistakes are not always from others," she snapped.

If there are problems of nuance, a comma, an accent, it should be put, the sooner the better, with humility, normally, no one disputes the substance", remarked García-Page, who pointed out that although the initiative had good intentions and it pursues "protecting women and combating sexual violence", it has to be defined, and "finished off well".

In the Valencian Community, the Minister of Justice and ex-vocal of the General Council of the Judiciary, Gabriela Bravo, has pointed out the need to open a reflection on whether the law 'only yes is yes' is benefiting rapists, because -according to Said-- "this regulation is supposed to be born to protect more the victims and to punish the sexual offenders".

The head of Justice of the government chaired by the socialist Ximo Puig has indicated that the fact that rapists or sexual offenders have managed to obtain a reduction in the expected sentence was already alerted by the advisory bodies, "which made the corresponding reports", because " Both the Council of State and the General Council of the Judiciary warned of this possible situation, that is, that it could benefit the violators."

The government delegate in Asturias, the socialist Delia Losa, has expressed herself in similar terms, urging the Congress of Deputies to "immediately correct" the "perverse effect" of the 'only yes is yes' law.

Losa has indicated that this is an effect that "of course" is not wanted by the Government, since this law comes to "guarantee sexual freedom." "If it is generating this problem of interpretation in justice, it will be necessary to analyze the sentences handed down to see where the bankruptcy of the objective of the law occurs and tackle it," he said.

In addition, he pointed out that Parliament "is a living body" and therefore "has to immediately correct this perverse effect that the application of the law seems to be causing."

The former vice secretary general of the PSOE and current president of the Fundación Mujeres, Elena Valenciano, has also issued her opinion in this regard, who has warned that the "laws technically have to be done correctly" so that the sentences for those convicted of sexual crimes are not reduced. because he understands that no one intended for that to happen.

In this sense, he has assured that when the text of the law became known, "many women", especially legal experts, warned "that this could happen." "Not only feminist jurists, but also the General Council of the Judiciary."

Finally, the organization Feministas Socialistas have demanded the resignation of the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero. "She is someone who turns everything she touches into controversial and her solutions are imposed that all they do is heat up the atmosphere more. She must resign or be fired, it cannot be that she is constantly conditioning what the Government should do and the legislature," Alicia Miyares, a member of the Socialist Feminists (FEMES), told Europa Press.

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