The Balearic Islands and Madrid have already provided the information requested by the institution on the abuse of minors in care
MADRID, August 9 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Ombudsman, Ángel Gabilondo, has expressed concern about the increase in gang rape in the country, as well as the fact that the victims are “getting younger”. In this sense, he has indicated that “it is essential to influence commitment to education in egalitarian values and compulsory affective-sexual education at all levels of education”.
In an interview with Europa Press, Gabilondo referred to this measure as “an effective tool to combat machismo and violent behavior”.
However, she also recognized as “essential” measures “that women feel that they are not alone” and “that the forces of the state and of society as a whole are united to combat this serious problem”.
The government, through its spokeswoman Isabel Rodríguez, already acknowledged last May the existence of an increase in “herds” that “sexually abuse young women with multiple rapes”. Two cases have been registered this month, in Almería and Castellón, and in the latter the victim interviewed is 14 years old.
The latest data from Feminicidio.net captured a peak in sexual violence in 2019 due to a lack of data from the previous two years. According to their statistics, there were 211 group sexual assaults in Spain between 2016 and 2020.
ABUSE OF MINORS IN PROTECTION
Other cases of sexual violence with greater repercussions in recent years have been those of minors under guardianship in centers in the Balearic Islands, the Valencian Community and Madrid. The institution has launched a procedure against them and has requested data from the competent autonomies to investigate what happened.
And, as Gabilondo pointed out, the department he heads is currently in the phase of collecting information on the cases that have occurred in each autonomy.
The Ombudsman has stated that “the ex officio complaints related to the Mallorcan Institute for Social Affairs (Illes Balears) and to the ministry responsible for this matter of the Autonomous Community of Madrid remain open” and, as indicated, both departments “responsive” to your requirements.
“In both cases, we are interested, among other things, in the development and application of the prevention and early detection protocols in the youth protection centers provided for in the new law on comprehensive protection of children from violence,” he explained. Gabilondo, regarding the rule approved last year.
In addition, as explained, the institution has received the complaint about minors under guardianship in the Valencian Community that already existed
studied its regional counterpart, the Síndic de Greuges. In this case, the Ombudsman explained, the event is in a judicial proceeding which, as he has indicated, “limits the Ombudsman’s room for manoeuvre”.
Likewise, he recalled that on May 25, alongside the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, an official act was initiated with the competent administrations for social affairs of all autonomous communities, to find out the possible cases of sexual exploitation of minors under guardianship, occurring in each territory have been uncovered and, in such a case, the special protective measures taken for those concerned.