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The northern Spanish city of Pamplona opened its famous bull festival this weekend, a nine-day traditional event attended by thousands of spectators watching people dodging bulls racing through narrow streets.
The festival makes Pamplonas The population of almost 200,000 inhabitants attracts about one million visitors and is considered one of the biggest tourist attractions in Spain.
However, this year, the organizers are taking additional measures to address the ongoing concerns over sexual assaults on women during the festival.  This is the festival organizers latest response to a scandal that hit the festival after an 18-year-old woman committed gang raping in 2016 at the festival. The case sparked mass protests and helped spark a Spanish version of the #MeToo movement, with supporters across Spain adopting the slogan # Cuéntalo, or "Tell Your Story."
At this year's festival, police are stepping up surveillance and founding boos Here, women can obtain resources related to sexual assault and launch a special mobile app for women to report abuses.
Last month, the Spanish Supreme Court condemned five men who called themselves "la manada" or "the wolf pack". to 15 years imprisonment for rape.
And despite the fact that the high-profile case drew new attention to the issue of sexual assault at the festival, reports of mistreatment by women continued. In recent years, the authorities have had problems identifying alleged perpetrators of sexual assault in the narrow streets of the Spanish city, not to mention how chaotic and dangerous the harsh event is by nature. The Associated Press reported that five people were hospitalized with bull injuries alone after this year's inaugural bull run.
However, the new measures this year are designed to curb sexual assault and make women attending the event feel safer. There were 25 incidents last year, according to The Guardian. The figure came from 40 reports of sexual assaults in 2017.
The persistent problem has led organizers to step up their security efforts this year, which includes local and national police and civil servants from France and Italy.
During the festival, Pamplona's city council declared its "commitment to continue to work for a festival where men and women can freely and safely enjoy themselves," The Guardian reported.
New efforts to combat sexual assault, according to the City Council, were "coordinated and consistent with sexual aggression".
The years of public outcry over the 2016 incident have led women's rights activists to hope that changes beyond the new monitoring and enforcement of the festival will take effect.
Carmen Calvo Poyato, acting Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, has vowed to revise the Spanish laws against sexual assault to clarify consent in rape trials, proving that Spain's version of the #Metoo movement is havi "The Injustice in the case of Wolf Pack has been corrected and has strengthened a generation of women, "Eloise Barry wrote in a statement in The Guardian.