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The 13-year-old boy who raped another minor in TGN has a record for similar acts

A 13-year-old minor has been accused of sexually assaulting another 15-year-old minor on Saturday night in the center of Tarragona. The events occurred minutes before 1:30 in the morning, when the Mossos d’Esquadra received the alert from the victim’s sister. The event took place in a car park that gives access to number 64 of the Rambla Nova, presumably from Governador González street. The minor allegedly forced the 15-year-old girl to fellate while he beat her because she refused to do so at first. He later raped her and stole her mobile phone, an Iphone.

According to the sources consulted, the victim was going with her friends, when they met a group of boys, among whom was the alleged aggressor. They started flirting and moved away from the rest of their friends. It was then that both went to the parking lot where the attack would have taken place. Shortly after what happened, the minor and her father immediately went to the police station of the Campclar regional security body to report the rape. The police subsequently arrested the boy, although he had to be released for being under 14 years of age and, therefore, being an unchargeable crime despite the fact that the police sources consulted affirm that the young man has a record for similar acts.

Prosecutor for Minors and DGAIA
The Law of Minors details that the minimum age of 14 years is due to the fact that “infractions committed by children under this age are generally irrelevant and that, in the few cases in which they can cause social alarm, they are sufficient to give them an equally adequate response in the family and civil assistance spheres, without the need for the intervention of the sanctioning judicial apparatus of the State”. For this reason, the report has now been referred to the Office of the Prosecutor for Minors and the General Directorate for Children and Adolescents (DGAIA) of the Generalitat de Catalunya, which is the one that will take the case through civil proceedings.

“At 14 years of age there is no criminal responsibility, but the parents do have the obligation to compensate the victim”, indicate the Tarragona lawyers Antoni Vives and Francisco Zapater. This last specialist adds that, from now on, the DGAIA “will include the boy in a follow-up plan, designed and carried out by social services, to assess his socio-family situation, and promote the measures appropriate to his circumstances” and advances that «in the case of a violent act that could constitute a crime against sexual freedom and indemnity, the monitoring plan must include a training module on gender equality». For his part, the lawyer Ramon Setó values ​​that the current legislation “is progressive” when considering that, at 13 years of age, the person “is not sufficiently trained” and that, therefore, the regulations “protect and correct” the misconduct of the minor.

“Complaints for a long time”
Neighborhood sources consulted this Sunday afternoon by this newspaper recognized that, despite the seriousness of the events, yesterday’s violation “unfortunately, is not a surprise” because they warn that the streets of the center -especially Governador González, Unió, Fortuny and the surroundings of the Palau de Congressos– «they have been a powder keg for a long time».

«The police forces know it, every week a lot of complaints are filed. On some occasions the surveillance has been increased, but it quickly returns to normal, “criticize residents of the area, who define the situation that is experienced “every night” in the District Center as a “circus”. «Every day we see young people of 13, 14 or 15 years old shouting, drinking and fighting in the wee hours of the morning, when the premises close. And there is no way that this will change because nobody does absolutely nothing, “they say.

Three complaints per month
According to the latest published by the Tarragona Children’s Prosecutor’s Office, corresponding to the year 2018, each month three sexual crimes allegedly committed by minors under 18 years of age are reported in the province of Tarragona. The latest published records establish that, four years ago, 34 complaints were filed for sexual crimes, a figure that meant an increase of 13% compared to the 2017 data. Specifically, six cases of “sexual assaults” were processed -which usually known as rape–, and 28 “sexual abuse”.

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