A woman who was raped saw her rapists acquitted as female judges ruled she looks “Masculine’.
A panel of 3 female judges acquitted two men of rape in 2017. They said because of the woman looked like a man, that it basically couldn’t be rape.
Their logic was that since the men couldn’t be attracted to her and men can’t really be raped since she looked like a man.
People started protesting just now in 2019 because the reasoning for the court’s decision didn’t appear until this month, in a retrial order that was made public on Friday.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of an appeals court in Ancona Italy, where the rape took place, on March 11th 2019 to protest the court’s decision.
The case dates back to 2015 when a 22-year-old woman reported that she was raped by 2 men.
A rape kit was done and doctors confirmed that her injuries were consistent with that of a rape. She had a very high dose of benzodiazepines, a type of tranquilizer in her system. This backed her lawyers claims that her drinks had been spiked.
With all of that, in 2017 the panel of female judges still agreed with the accused men, and overturned their conviction saying that the victim does in fact look like a man, and there’s simply no way.
One of the judges said the accused,
“didn’t even like the girl, to the point of having stored her number in his phone under the nickname ‘Viking’, an allusion to an anything but feminine figure, rather a masculine one.”
The woman was not present at the appeals court hearing because she returned to her homeland, Peru. But the lawyer kept fighting for her calling the court’s decision “Disgusting”.
The woman’s lawyer, Cinzia Molinaro told The Guardian:
“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. ugly also wrote that a photograph [of the woman] reflected this.”
Molinaro said her client went back to Peru because f how the community reacted when she accused the two men of rape; they were for the men and believed them.
The case will now be reheard by a court in Perugia, a city 80 miles away from where the rape took place.