“We will defend the great advance of ‘only yes is yes’ and we will correct the problem of reduced sentences”
Pedro Sánchez is committed to ensuring that the reform of the ‘only yes is yes’ law registered by the PSOE stops the review of sentences that has already provided criminal benefits for several hundred sexual offenders. During a meeting with the socialist parliamentary groups in Congress and the Senate, the Prime Minister wanted to praise the sexual freedom law, which he defined as progress for women’s rights. “It is a law that places explicit consent at the center. It is a good law that represents a net advance in the progress of women’s rights. That is why few advocate turning back ”, he has defended.
The PSOE registers the reform of the ‘only yes is yes’ law without United We Can after failing to reach an agreement between partners
However, it has recognized the problems that the application of this legal text is causing in many cases. “I say unwanted effects and I fall short. Because no one, neither the Executive nor the parliamentary groups that supported her, had the objective of lowering any sentence for any aggressor ”, she said.
The president has raised that, given this situation, the question is what the government can do to alleviate it. “And the answer is clear: use dialogue but solve the problem”, he assured to applause from the socialist parliamentary groups. Sánchez has defended the reform of his party, ensuring that his government is limited to doing “what is common sense, what is correct”, which in his opinion is to make the value of the law compatible with the correction proposed by the Ministry of Justice. “We are going to defend the great advance that the law represents and also to correct the problem so that in the future there is no reduction in sentences.”
Earlier, during an interview on Cadena SER, the Minister of Justice had also assured that the legal reform that the PSOE intends to apply to the “only yes is yes” law will guarantee that sentences for sexual offenders will not be lowered from now on. in the new cases tried, noting that the rest of the revisions are inevitable. “There will continue to be sentence reviews after the reform of the only if yes law. We are putting a stop to penological imbalances from now on ”, she explained.
Although, like the president, she has once again defended the whole of the norm promoted in her day by the Ministry of Equality, Pilar Llop has been very critical of the new penalty ranges established by the new law, key in her opinion for that the door to penal benefits has been opened for hundreds of aggressors. “It is not acceptable that with this law there has been a reduction in penalties where in our country it is cheaper to sexually assault a woman with violence than to steal,” she said.
In that same interview, the minister has defended that her reform proposal guarantees respect for consent as the axis of action despite recovering the concepts of violence and intimidation to support the increase in penalties. Although she has come to affirm that “a wound is enough” to demonstrate violence in cases of sexual assault.
In United We can consider that these words of Llop confirm his thesis that the reform of the socialists modifies the heart of the law by affecting, in his opinion, the basis of consent. In an interview on Catalunya Ràdio, the Secretary of State for Equality, Ángela Rodríguez, replied that it is precisely “that is where they do not want to return”.
“There is a strong discrepancy that has to do with what we want and how we want the sexual freedom of women to be protected in the Penal Code. To support whether there was violence, it is not enough to say “ah, he pushed me” but it has to be proven. That’s where we don’t want to go back. The minister [Llop] He has said it clearly: if violence can be proven, it is no longer necessary to prove consent. It is not confusion, it is political discrepancy”, explained the leader of Podemos, who has considered that society is regressing to the days after the sentence of La Manada, when the women came out shouting “sister, I do believe you”. . “It’s the same argument,” she insisted.
The reform, in the hands of the PP
After verifying the lack of agreement with Unidas Podemos, which considers that the reform proposed by Justice goes directly against the core of the norm by altering the basis of consent, the PSOE is now trying to distance itself from the parliamentary dependency of the PP to carry out the norm. In his speech this Tuesday in Congress, Pedro Sánchez has once again attacked those of Núñez Feijóo, to whom he has dedicated several minutes of his speech to accuse the right of “having no project, being divided, frustrated, empty of ideas and brimming with insults.”
The minority partner of the Government considers that the only possibility for there to be an agreement is for the PSOE to maintain consent in the center, that is, as they understand, that two criminal subtypes are not created to differentiate the penalties in the event of violence or intimidation. “Hopefully consent is recovered and there is no return to the previous model [del Código Penal] that the PSOE raises. If you agree to respect the consent and prevent a return to the evidential ordeal of the previous model, then we can talk”, he said, to specify that “to this day” it seems that the only ones who support this scenario are the Popular Party deputies. The president of his parliamentary group, Jaume Asens, has been a little more optimistic, maintaining that the positions are not so far apart and there is “room for agreement.”