The minister stressed that gender violence is a problem that concerns society as a whole in the face of the discourse of those political parties that try to distort the true dimension of the tragedy, avoiding the denomination of gender violence and even denying the figures of murdered women.
According to Delgado, those who adopt this discourse come to accuse of imposing a gender ideology on all those who struggle to eradicate this scourge from the prevention and denunciation of sexist, discriminatory or violent attitudes.
The acting justice minister recalled that, since in 2003 the victims of sexist violence began to be counted in our country, there are already 1,027 women killed by their partners or ex-partners, 51 so far this year. A drama that grows with the 34 minors who have been killed in cases of gender violence perpetrated against their mothers since 2013 – when they started registering – and with 43 other children who have been orphaned. Figures that force us to address the fight against gender violence as a matter of state with the involvement of all public authorities, said Delgado.
Within the scope of the Ministry of Justice, work is being carried out to incorporate the gender perspective in all the actions of the Administration of Justice, as well as in the execution of the hundred measures contained in the State Pact against Gender Violence signed in September 2017 for all political forces in Congress and in the Senate.
Dolores Delgado has also highlighted the approval in August 2018 of a royal decree-law of urgent measures that undertook reforms in aspects such as legal assistance and legal representation of victims or access to psychological care of minors exposed to macho violence. He has also referred to the reform of the Organic Law of the Judiciary, which has allowed actions such as the improvement in gender violence training of members of the judicial and fiscal careers.
In addition, the minister has highlighted the need to reform the Criminal Code in the area of sexual crimes as soon as possible, in aspects such as clarification of the definition and typification of rape modalities, to clearly convey the seriousness of the coercive and aggressive nature of the imposed sexual acts, as well as issues related to the victim's consent, guaranteeing that, if a woman does not say yes, she does not consent in any way. In addition, Delgado has emphasized the advisability of replacing the fine for prison sentences for those who commit crimes against sexual freedom.