The Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, has pointed out that the recent publication in the Official State Gazette (BOE) of the reform of the ‘only yes is yes’ law implies a “regression” in women’s rights from the point of view of from a criminal point of view, for not placing consent at the center of the issue.

In a joint appearance with the Podemos candidate for the presidency of the Community of Madrid, Alejandra Jacinto, with the residents of San Fernando de Henares affected by the works on Metro line 7B, the minister had time to discuss some matters of present.

In this scenario, he has valued the reform approved with the votes, among other formations, of the PSOE and PP of the sexual freedom law or better known of the ‘only yes is yes’. This new text already published in the BOE, among other measures, modifies the range of penalties for sexual assault with violence and intimidation so that this crime increases its punishment by up to two years in prison, with respect to the text of the rule of yes it is Yes, promoted by the Ministry of Equality and currently in force.

As she has explained on other occasions, the Minister for Equality has stressed that this means removing the consent of the center. However, she has assured that the feminist movement will fight again for it to return to the center.

On the other hand, Montero has defended that the law displays comprehensive obligations that the State has with all victims of sexual violence. Among them, the minister has recalled some services such as free legal assistance, office shifts, psychological assistance and social emergency housing.

And it is that, the minister has pointed out that the “reality” of sexual violence in Spain is that there are “92% of the victims who do not denounce”. “The vast majority of women do not report,” said Montero, who has insisted on remembering that the State “has responsibilities” with the victims.