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March 16, 2019

People Outraged as Italian Court Rules a Victim Was Too 'Ugly' to Be Raped

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The Italian city of Ancona experienced a large turnout of protesters who gathered outside an appeal court to kick against a ruling against an alleged rape victim. The suit ceased because the judges thought the lady to be "masculine" and unappealing to rapists.

In 2017, a lawsuit concerning the conviction of two alleged rapists was jettisoned as the presiding judges ruled that rapist will not attempt to harass a lady if she was masculine.

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This ruling after being revealed aroused women activists who organized about 200 women to stage a protest before the appeal court that gave the ruling.

According to reports by Ansa, an Italian wire service, the highest court in Italy, the Supreme Court of Sassation, annulled the initial ruling ordering an overturn of the men's earlier acquaintance and a retrial of the case.

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The rape crime occurred in 2015 when the rape victim, a Peruvian-born woman (names withheld) was 22, but the accused (names also withheld) were convicted in 2016 according to 'The Guardian'.

Details about the happening according to the victim's lawyer, Cinzia Molinaro, was that the attackers spiked the woman’s drink with drugs after the group went to a bar following an evening class.

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She also revealed a medical angle to the whole investigation while adding that,

“Doctors said her injuries were consistent with rape and that there was a high level of benzodiazepines in her blood.”

The two men were set free and acquitted by the reports as the case was presided over by three female judges

The report says the judges thought that the 22-year-old's claim of harassment was false as she was so much unappealing as to entice one to have carnal knowledge of her, meaning she was not very feminine.

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In Molinaro's statement to the Guardian, she said:

“It was disgusting to read; the judges expressed various reasons for deciding to acquit them, but one was because the [defendants] said they didn’t even like her because she was ugly. They also wrote that a photograph [of the woman] reflected this.”

As expected, the Peruvian woman returned to her home country after being faced with multiple stigmatizations from the Ancona community.

In another rape story, Ireland is still experiencing a series of protest after a thong was showcased in court by a defendant a week after a man got acquitted for raping a teenage girl. Also, a group of men in North Carolina avoided jail after being accused of raping two teenagers. It is apparent that more needs to be done concerning rape cases in order for justice to be properly served.

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