Equality demands that the campaign against sexual violence that “attacks children” be withdrawn

An advertising campaign by the Almería City Council for the prevention of sexual violence against minors has unleashed outrage on social networks due to the “whitewashing” of pedophilia caused by its slogan.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
14 May 2024 Tuesday 22:23
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Equality demands that the campaign against sexual violence that “attacks children” be withdrawn

An advertising campaign by the Almería City Council for the prevention of sexual violence against minors has unleashed outrage on social networks due to the “whitewashing” of pedophilia caused by its slogan.

“If you say no, it's not sex, it's aggression,” reads the poster next to the image of a minor, which also includes the information that “72.3% of sexual assaults on minors occur in the family environment.” and school of the victim”, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior, corresponding to the year 2023.

Under this message appear the logos of the Almería City Council, the State Pact against Gender Violence, and the Ministry of Equality.

The Almería City Council has shared, through . “The advertisement, now withdrawn, was published by mistake without having passed prior controls. We apologize and reiterate our commitment to the defense and protection of minors," they expressed.

The city council has indicated that the controversial poster "was discarded", but ended up "by mistake" on the city's urban furniture, specifically, in two central spaces such as Rambla Federico García Lorca near two educational centers or in the Plaza Altamira, according to Ideal Almería.

For its part, the Ministry of Equality has also demanded the immediate withdrawal of the campaign that "attacks children" and that, "under no circumstances, can it be financed with funds from the State Pact on Gender Violence."

“If it is a child, it is always sexual assault”, “and if they say yes, it is also that”, “barbarity and atrocity of advertising” and “shame and disgust” are some of the messages of rejection and condemnation that users have expressed. after the virality of the campaign on the social network

One of the first public voices to react on social networks has been the national representative of Vox for Almería, Rocío de Meer, who has shared a photograph of the advertising in question on her X account: “Hello Almería City Council of the Popular Party. Neither yes nor no. He is a boy. And you are depraved."

Vox Almería has asked for “responsibilities” from the mayor of Almería, María del Mar Vázquez, as well as the resignation of the Councilor for Family, Inclusion and Equality, Paola Laynez, from the Popular Party for an advertising campaign that “whitewashes pedophilia.”

The socialists have demanded that the Almería city council and the mayor “immediately remove” the poster, “which attacks minors and sends a confusing message about sexual assaults against them.” In turn, they cry out about the person who gave the order to expose him in public.