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Outrage as court finds victim too ugly to be raped

Amadin Ogbewe



There is public outrage in Italy, after a court found a victim too ugly to be raped.

Italy’s Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict in part by arguing that the woman who was attacked was too ugly to be a credible rape victim.

The ruling has sparked outrage in Italy, prompting a flash mob Monday outside the Ancona court, where protesters shouted “Shame!” and held up signs saying “indignation.”

The ruling was made in 2017 by an all-female panel but it was not known to the public that the reason for the ruling was because the victim had been deemed too ‘ugly’ till March 5, 2019 when a High court annulled the previous verdict and ordered a retrial. 

Two Peruvian men were initially convicted of the 2015 rape of a Peruvian woman in Ancona, but the Italian appeals court overturned the verdict and absolved them, finding that she was not a credible witness.

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In part of the ruling, the court noted that the suspects had found her unattractive and too “masculine” to be a credible rape victim.

The appeals sentence quoted one of the suspects as saying he found the woman unattractive and had her listed as “Viking” on his cellphone.

Molinaro noted that the woman, who has since returned to Peru, had suffered such genital trauma in the rape that she required stitches.

The Justice Ministry said it was conducting the “necessary preliminary investigations” into the appeals verdict

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