Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Spanish judge faces investigation for allegedly asking sexual assault victim, “Did you close your legs?”

iStock_000055666196_Double.jpg

A women's rights group in Spain has submitted a formal complaint against a judge who allegedly asked a victim of serious sexual assault, “Did you close your legs and all your female organs?”

A pregnant woman reportedly attended a local police station in the Basque Country in northern Spain last month, asking for a restraining order against a partner following “repeated” physical and sexual abuse.

Judge María del Carmen Molina Mansilla is said to have later asked the questions, denounced by The Clara Campoamor Association as “offensive, degrading and humiliating”, during a court session.

The association's president, Blanca Estrella Ruiz, said the organisation has asked for a full review and is calling for the judge's suspension or dismissal.

The country's General Council of the Judiciary told The Telegraph it had received a formal complaint concerning the matter this week, adding that Mansilla would be asked for her version of events before any decisions were made.

Ruiz said: “Such questions are not only unnecessary to the investigation but are completely offensive and violate the dignity of the victim.”

She added: ​“[Mansilla] showed obvious disbelief of the testimony of the victim, questioned her without allowing her to answer, asking leading and offensive questions.

“A clear example of this attitude is the judge’s repeated questions to the victim on whether she made any attempt to resist aggression, including asking her, ‘Did she close her legs firmly?’ and ‘Did she close all of her female organs?’”

Image: iStock

Related

rexfeatures_5600075am.jpg

Lady Gaga on why female artists are wary of #FreeKe$ha

We Count Postcode Camapign.jpg

#WEcount campaign is helping victims of sexual assault reclaim London

Jaime King

Lady Gaga inspires Jaime King to speak out on childhood sexual abuse

Melanie Gleason.jpg

Meet the nomad lawyer who travels America fighting for social justice

victim.jpg

Why the “belief” question could be a step back for sex abuse survivors

sexual assault.jpg

The beautiful photo-series taking a stand against rape culture

rexfeatures_5528400dc.jpg

Lady Gaga on the lasting emotional pain of sexual assault

domestic violence.jpg

The Twitter account reporting every death from domestic violence

tea consent.JPG

“Sexual consent: it’s as simple as tea”

Comments

More

Clueless nearly never got made because of Hollywood sexism

As Cher would say, as if

by Jasmine Andersson
23 Jun 2017

Starbucks are hiring 2,500 refugees across Europe

by Nicola Colyer
23 Jun 2017

Man carries out flower girl duties with immense pride and solemnity

His commitment is quite something

by Amy Swales
23 Jun 2017

Shocking US law says men can finish sex if woman withdraws consent

Shocking

by Moya Crockett
23 Jun 2017

Serial fans, Adnan Syed has been given a second chance in court

New hope for Syed supporters

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017

The scientific reason summer turns you into a horrible person

A new study confirms that we’re not very nice when we’re too hot

by Moya Crockett
23 Jun 2017

The 5 most surprising things I learnt from appearing on First Dates

What's it really like to appear on First Dates?

by Jasmine Andersson
22 Jun 2017

Rihanna just gave a heartbroken fan the best relationship advice

The pop star took time out to give a fan this brilliant tip

by Stylist
22 Jun 2017

First Dates fans respond to “shocking” mansplaining incident

“A frightened, insecure monkey hanging on to his patriarchal perch for dear life”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

Golden rules of work happiness from Europe’s female tech leaders

From nap rooms to therapists and no overtime

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017