Last Friday, after the controversial wolf-pack non-rape judgement was published to the outrage of women across Spain, the Justice Minister, Rafael Catalá (PP), announced he had asked the General Codification Commission—which the minister chairs—to review the definitions of sexual violence in the country's 1995 Criminal Code.
Currently, Spanish law requires proof of violence or intimidation to secure a conviction for rape. In other countries, the crime depends only on non-consensual penetration.
The 20-member criminal law section of the Codification Commission, El Diario reported on Friday, is, however, made up exclusively of men.
A pdf list of the the commission's members available on the Justice Ministry's website confirms this to be the case. No women are members of the section of the body that will review sexual violence definitions in Spanish law.
All five section leaders are men, as are the chairman—the Justice Minister—and the deputy chairman. Only 17 of the 120 members of all five sections are women—but none in the criminal law section.
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