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43-year-old Bilbao native is arrested and imprisoned after rape on 8M in Albelda

A 43-year-old man is arrested and imprisoned after rape on 8M in Albelda

Jeickson Sulbaran

April 15, 2024 | 11:51 a.m.

A man arrested in La Rioja for sexual assault on International Women's Day

In a recent and alarming event that shook the community of Albelda de Iregua, La Rioja, the authorities managed to arrest a 43-year-old man, originally from Bilbao, accused of perpetrating a violent sexual assault on March 8. This act not only raises social awareness about the persistent violence against women, but also highlights the essential response of institutions in the protection of victims and prosecution of crime.

The event occurred when a 28-year-old woman was walking her pet on the San Pelayo crossing. Abruptly and taking advantage of her physical superiority, the aggressor pushed and threatened the victim, taking her towards an open field where he committed the attack. The brutality of the act not only left physical scars on the woman, who required hospital care, but also a profound emotional and psychological impact.

The response of the community and authorities to the attack

The local community reacted with indignation and concern to the event. These types of events not only generate fear and pain among the victims and their families, but can also trigger a stigmatizing response towards certain groups or neighborhoods, as happened with the residents of the “Barrio de Arriba”. The civil Guard, aware of the potential for escalation of violence, implemented a rigorous security device in the area to prevent further incidents and facilitate the investigation.

Preventive detention for a 43-year-old man for the rape on 8M in Albelda

La "Erynias" operation, led by the Women-Minor Team of the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police, was crucial to identifying and capturing the alleged culprit. The statements of witnesses and the evidence collected were decisive in locating the aggressor, who had fled and was hiding in Álava. Prompt police action allowed for his arrest and subsequent imprisonment, underscoring the effectiveness and need for a swift and firm judicial response to such crimes.

The case has highlighted the importance of the resources and supports available to victims of gender violence. Initiatives such as the women's information telephone line and services such as AlertCops They are vital to offer an immediate response in emergency situations. Furthermore, the existence of accommodation and advice networks provides fundamental support for the recovery and safety of those affected.

Key resources and services in the fight against sexist violence

It is imperative to highlight the variety of services available to victims of gender violence in La Rioja. From legal advice to psychological support and safe accommodations, these resources are essential to mitigate the impact of violence and ensure the protection and well-being of victims. Collaboration between police, emergency services and civil organizations is essential to create an effective and accessible safety network.

This incident is not only a reminder of the challenges that women face daily, but also of the resilience and strength of communities in confronting and overcoming gender-based violence. The case of Albelda de Iregua reinforces the urgency of continuing to work for a fairer and safer society for everyone, especially for those in vulnerable situations.

While the arrest of the aggressor in Albelda de Iregua represents a step forward in the fight against sexist violence, it is also a call to action for all sectors of society to strengthen protection and prevention measures, thus ensuring that the rights and dignity of all people are respected and protected.

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