Byron joins Australia to protest acquittal of gang-rapists

Women shout slogans during a protest against the judicial decision in the so-called La Manada case coinciding with the celebrations on the occasion of the Day of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, in Madrid, Spain, 02 May 2018. The verdict sentenced all five accused to nine years imprisonment for sexual abuse of a young woman during the San Fermin fiestas back in 2016. The sentence has caused national outrage and several protests against the judge’s decision to not consider the act as a rape as, according to the sentence, there was no violence. The victim adduced she did not resist in fear the five men would cause her more damage. Feminist groups have called for nationwide protests. Photo EPA/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI .

Outrage and widespread protests have been taking place across Spain as tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets following the acquittal of five men accused of gang-raping an 18 year old.

Now people around Australia are coming together in Byron Bay, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne in solidarity with Spanish women to fight for ’a judicial system that guarantees gender equality and protects us, and a penitentiary system that is fair but rigorous,’ said the Sister, from Australia, we believe you group.

The Byron Bay protest will be held at Main Beach in Byron this Sunday at 2pm with women, men and children gathering to create positive change.

‘It is time to change laws and protect women around the world,’ said Judit Repetto who is currently in Byron studying English.

‘Women don’t feel protected by the law, rape needs to be recognised as a serious crime.’

The rallies that are being coordinated around the country aim to ‘provide women from all over the world a platform to stand in favour of a positive change towards gender equality worldwide,’ said the organisers.

Ms Repetto, who is helping organise the Byron rally, has emphasised that the gatherings are peaceful events.

‘We are fighting against violence and we need to do this in a non-violent way,’ she said.

You can find out more on the Sister, from Australia, we believe you Facebook page.

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