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Spanish rape victim asked if she tried “closing her legs” by judge

March 10, 2016

A group of gender-crime activists is trying to have a Spanish judge suspended after she asked a rape victim whether she had tried “closing her legs and all her female organs,” when she requested a restraining order to protect herself from the man who physically and sexually abused her. “She showed obvious disbelief of the testimony of the victim, questioned her without allowing her to answer, asking leading and offensive questions,” Blanca Estrella Ruiz, president of the Clara Campoamor Association told Europa Press.

Ruiz also claimed that it is not the first time this judge, María del Carmen Molina Mansilla, from Spain’s Basque country had asked survivors of sexual assault such questions. “Other women have lodged complaints about the re-victimization they experienced in this court…women are scared as to what might happen to them as victims in this court and it is disincentivizing them to report such crimes,” she said. While the matter is still ongoing, officials for Spain’s Court for Violence Against Women told The Independent that the judge would not comment on the case.

Read the full story at The Local and The Independent.