Pair cleared as woman was ‘too masculine’ to be raped

Anger in Italy as men cleared of rape because victim was'too masculine

Anger in Italy as men cleared of rape because victim was 'too masculine'

The Peruvian men, aged 22, were cleared in 2017 but the reason for the ruling has only just been revealed after the court of appeal ordered a retrial.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a court of appeal in Ancona after the acquittal of two men on rape charges, reported The Local Italy.

Protestors in the town of Ancona took to the streets on Monday after it emerged two men were acquitted of rape charges because the court ruled the alleged victim was too unattractive and "masculine" to be targeted. Judges said the pair "didn't even like the girl", with her alleged rapist storing her number in his phone under "Viking", an allusion to her "masculine" frame.

The victim was drugged the night of the rape, according to the woman's lawyer Cinzia Molinaro.

The victim was not present at the appeals court hearing because she had returned to her native Peru. According to doctors, her injuries were consistent with rape and her blood contained high levels of benzodiazepines, a type of tranquilizer often used as a date rape drug.

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".

Anger in Italy as men cleared of rape because victim was 'too masculine'
Protests held after two men cleared of rape because woman was 'too masculine and unattractive'

"There is no connection and no possibility for us to understand how they can write something so unbelievable", Rizzitelli said.

The case is set to be retried in a court in Perugia, which lies in a different province from Ancona, at an undetermined future date.

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.

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".

According to a 2015 Italian National Institute of Statistics report, almost 1 in 3 Italian women have disclosed physical or sexual violence, and 5 percent of Italian women have reported being the victim of rape or attempted rape. "It does not depend on how feminine on how you are".

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