The controversial ruling of a judge in Mexico is sparking outrage in the country. A 21-year-old wealthy man was cleared of sexual assault charges because the judge determined that “he didn’t enjoy it.”
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After a 2015 New Year’s party at an elite private school in Mexico, a 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on her way home. However, the judge in the case decided to clear one of the attackers of the charges, citing that “he didn’t enjoy it.”
21-year-old Diego Cruz was one of the four attackers, all of whom are in their 20s and students at the same school in Veracruz. The attackers were charged with the abduction and sexual assault of the girl. However, Judge Anuar González decided that despite the fact that Cruz touched the girl’s breasts and private parts, he had not intentions of enjoying himself, meaning that he is innocent.
Moreover, the judge determined that even though the girl was forced into the car of one of her attackers, she was not helpless at any stage of the attack. The judge’s ruling has sparked outrage among human rights activists throughout the country and contributed to the sense that wealthy Mexican citizens are above the law.
“He sexually touched her but because he didn’t enjoy it, it’s not sexual assault?” said Estefanía Vela Barba, a women’s rights activist in Mexico. “There’s no dispute regarding the facts. This isn’t some crazy woman. This is coming from a judge who’s clearly saying that if you touch a woman against her will, it’s not necessarily assault.”
The girl who was assaulted wrote on Facebook after the attack: “I have nothing to regret. I went to parties, drank and wore short skirts just like many girls my age. Does that mean that I deserved what happened?”