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'Insulting' anti-rape guidelines to be updated

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'Insulting' anti-rape guidelines to be updated
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09:25 CEST+02:00
Spain's interior ministry has vowed to revise its anti-rape guidelines after current advice which includes telling woman not to get into a lift with a stranger came under heavy fire recently.

The ministry will update the 10-year-old guidelines put together by Spain's security forces, the interior ministry has said.

The promise comes after the current recommendations — including advice for women such as "carry a whistle" and "check the rear seat of your car before you get in" — were described as "scaremongering", "retrograde" and "insulting".

The barrage of criticism came in the same week that police in Malaga arrested five young men aged 17 to 23 for the rape of a young woman during the city's annual 'feria', or fair.

Malaga's mayor Francisco de la Torre also came under fir when he said: “there are more than a thousand rapes every year in Spain” and "let’s not give the impression that Malaga is unsafe". 

A judge has since thrown the case out of court, after seeing mobile phone footage of the incident.

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