The popular Pamplona Bull Run reeks of sexual assault against women, two women’s rights group attested. A protest against sexual harassment ensued Monday as a 19-year-old British woman was harassed by “laughing men” inside a toilet in one of the bars in San Fermin.
Men fondling women in public, advertisement sells sexuality of Pamplona Bull Run
In 2013, television networks accidentally broadcasted men fondling women’s breasts during the opening of the San Fermin festival. This year, a poster advertising of a tourist agency featured a silhouette of a bull with a bra hanging from a pole to entice more visitors. On Friday, a 19-year-old British woman was sexually harassed inside a toilet in one of the bars in the town.
On Monday protest ensues against sexual assault on women which has become a staple at the annually held Bull Run festival. The protestors brought placards emblazoned with words saying: “No to sexual assault.”
The protest was headed by two women’s rights group attesting that sexual harassment against women during Bull Run are happening for a long time already.
“For many years we’ve had to put up with the fact that this festival has been sold to people with the idea that ‘in Sanfermines anything goes’. Let’s be clear: in Sanfermines, like at any festival, anything doesn’t go. When a woman say ‘no’, it means ‘no’, it doesn’t matter what condition she is in or what the situation is,” the women’s rights groups told The Telegraph.
Covert sexual assaults happen yearly during opening of Pamplona Bull Run
According to Veronica Landa of the group Bread and Roses, while many photos showed how women are publicly groped and touched during the opening of the festivity, most cases happen discreetly. There are rapes or attempted rapes that took place in alleys or bars, Landa wrote.
While the tourist advertisement of the event where a silhouette of a bull with a bra hanging from a pole was condemned by the local government, women’s groups asked whether the government’s effort were aimed at simply erasing bad publicity instead of combating sexual harassment. Furthermore, government’s campaign mostly focus on the idea that it is up to women to prevent sexual aggression or know how to react in the face of these acts, instead of stopping men from such barbaric acts, the groups argued.
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