Three female judges in an appeals court in Italy overturned a 2015 rape conviction in part because the victim in question was deemed too ugly to have been raped. The alleged victim, then 20 years old, was not found to be a credible rape victim because she was too unattractive and “masculine,” according to the three female judges. The Daily Mail reports:
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. 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 conviction was overturned by an all-female panel in 2017 despite medics reportedly claiming the woman’s injuries were consistent with rape. The details concerning the reasoning behind the overturned conviction only became public earlier this month, however, according to The Daily Mail. “The Court of Cassation said Wednesday its own reasons for ordering the retrial will be issued next month,” noted the outlet. . .
The lawyer said the judges who overturned the conviction claimed his client was not credible because the men she accused “didn’t find her attractive, she was too masculine.”
Molinaro also said that the female judges further supported their ruling by noting that one of the accused men “saved the woman’s number in his phone as ‘Viking,’ and stated that the ‘photograph present in her file would appear to confirm this,’” CNN reports. (Read more from “All-Female Court Panel Overturns Rape Conviction Because Woman Is Too Ugly to Be Credible Victim” HERE)