Italian appeals court finds victim ‘too ugly to be raped’

Woman'too masculine to be rape victim according to female panel of judges

Woman'too masculine to be rape victim according to female panel of judges

Now that ruling has been overturned and a retrial has been ordered.

The appeals sentence was handed down in 2017 - by an all-female panel - but the reasons behind it only emerged publicly when Italy's high court annulled it on March 5 and ordered a retrial.

Protestors outside the court on Monday.

Outrage erupted shortly thereafter, and the Ancona court saw dozens of protesters carrying signs reading, "Stop justifying male violence on women", according to CNN.

The case dates back to 2015, when a 22-year-old woman reported that she had been attacked.

A crowd of around 200 people held a protest outside a court of appeal in Italy after it was revealed that two men were cleared of rape charges partly because the alleged victim looked "too masculine" to be desirable.

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They argued the man accused of rape "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".

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The judges, who referred to the victim as being "cunning", said that the woman was too masculine and unattractive to be raped, "as the photograph (of the victim) confirms".

Doctors said her injuries were consistent with rape, and found traces of a date rape drug in her blood.

The victim was not present at the appeals court hearing because she had returned to her native Peru. "But judges said it was not possible to exclude it was her who organised the 'exuberant evening".

The case will be reheard by a court in Perugia.

The president of the court Alfredo Montalto (L) reads the sentence, at the end of a historic mafia case in which mob bosses and former high-ranking state officials were convicted of holding secret negotiations in the early 1990s, in Palermo, Italy, April 20, 2018.

The victim's name was not made public under Italian law. Rape in Italy is more commonly reported by foreign women than by Italian women.

Protesters from an Italian women's rights group called Rebel Network wrote on Twitter: "Rape does not fulfill a desire for pleasure, but an abominable hatred and contempt for the victim. It does not depend on how feminine on how you are".

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