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Italians are outraged after an appeals court overturned a rape verdict in part because the judges found the victim was "too ugly to be raped."

Italians took to the streets to protest the ruling outside the Ancona court on Monday. Italy's Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into the appeals court's decision.

Two Peruvian men were convicted of the 2015 rape of a Peruvian woman in Ancona, but a panel of all female judges overturned the verdict and freed the defendants.

The appeals court ruling was handed down in 2017 - but it only emerged publicly when Italy's high court annulled the ruling on March 5 and ordered a retrial.

The Court of Cessation said Wednesday its reasons for ordering the retrial will be issued next month.

The appeals court believed the defendants' defense that the woman was "too ugly" and "too masculine" for them to rape her. One of the men said he found the victim unattractive and he saved her number under the name "Viking" in his cell phone.

Cinzia Molinaro, the lawyer for the victim, said her appeal to the Cessation court contested a plethora of problems with the overturned verdict. She cited the "absolute unacceptability" of the appeals court's reference to the victim's physical appearance.

Protests also broke out earlier this month when an appeals court drastically reduced the sentence for a man who admitted killing his partner.

The court found that the man killed his partner after he experienced an "emotional storm" of jealousy (a defense known in the U.S. as a "crime of passion").

Critics said the defendant's reduced sentence sanctioned honor killings.

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  • The Gay Tupac

    I've been to Italy twice, that country albeit gorgeous, is very macho and misogynistic

  • bemetoo

    i love italy the amafia coast is beautiful

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i'll admit i laughed at this title, but wtf kinda barbaric mess is going on over there???????

    if she was so "ugly" why did he even save her number in his phone? i swear women are not safe in this world, smh

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    God forgive me as i kinda laughed at the title but they ought to be ashamed of themselves. What her face got to do with....sigh

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    ....smh

  • Keyshia Ray

    Not surprised at anything these men do.

  • WhoKnew

    "One of the men said he found the victim unattractive and he saved her number under the name "Viking" in his cell phone.you say what?"
    ________________________________________________________

    Why did you save her number if she was so ugly? I'm done.

  • NewNew

    I read about this today. The court system has victimized this woman all over again. The trauma must be unreal. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Ni Ni

    Men don't care about looks when they want a hole.

  • imright

    FOH wit this bull?

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    Well they didn't lie!!! Case in point we were sitting in the barbershop discussing some of the mites accusing R Kelly and brought up this same point. ?????

  • Rahab

    Especially one they plan to abuse.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Wow This is sad. #smh
    Sometimes all you can do is
    https://media.giphy.com/media/iGNiqAuwG9dwQ/giphy.gif

  • Fire & Ice

    Before I even clicked on it, I figured it was either France or Italy.

  • Malai

    Since when did woman have to be ATTRACTIVE for a man to stick his lil ding-a-ling in em? look at a mf FIRST bm and look at his second and see the difference ? but this right here is very sad and should never happen.. their court system on a whole-nother level smh

  • LadiiJayeIsMagicalASF ??

    This is bad..very bad..smh

  • Rayne

    Disgusting!

  • Scorpio

    Remember they couldn't make up their minds on the Amanda Knox case. Same craziness in handling that as well.

  • Panther Charleston

    Ignorant as hell!

  • Ni Ni

    I forgot all about that chick. What was the final outcome?

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone
  • GAPeach

    This may be crude, but all puzzy is cut the same. They ain't attractive, and men stick their tongues and dycks in there every day. Who the hell was on this jury?

  • Russiancreme

    Some dudes swear they only mess with baddies. I'll disagree.

  • WinterIsComing

    This ruling makes no sense. Rape is about power and control not romance. ?????

  • GAPeach

    They freed her, then she came home. Once she was here, they decided to charge her again, but the US said they wouldn't send her back for prosecution.

  • Ni Ni

    #whiteprivilege

  • GAPeach

    I deliberately left that out of my comment. I wanted to say it, but just didn't.

  • blue skies

    dis is the craziest ish I've eva herd of?????

  • Lovely517

    Never in the history of rape has a man been worried about how attractive a woman is. Being attractive might be an added bonus, but rape is about power and control. Period.

  • Thingamajig

    Forget about looks, where is the medical evidence? Did she go to the hospital? This story is playing on people’s emotions because of her so called looks and there are holes in the story.

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  • Chicagowise

    Never mind their opinions about her looks. What does the forensic evidence say?

  • dontgetblocked

    I'll send a prayer but I have to worry about my own justice system. They up here locking up black men or shooting them down. I don't see any Peruvians complaining about that. We have to stop taking on other people's problems

  • Chicagowise

    That's not entirely true. Some rapists have very specific taste, and they are only interested in certain types of victims.

  • Meme

    Well i must admit i was one of the ignorant people who thought this way but i know better now i used to be like how can a man get a hard on if there is no attraction there, but apparently it is about power so i stand corrected. I am truly repulsed when an old woman or child is attacked people who do this must be surgically castrated by the balls with no anaesthesia, and made to eat said balls

  • imright

    RAPE has absolutely nothing to do with attractiveness its all about POWER?

  • Marlika

    Well damn ? And make it worse an all female jury set them free.?????

    And the idiot rapist said she was too unattractive and masculine yet he save her number under Viking ???????????????

  • Dun Dilly

    When you leave the good USA..it gets REAL very quick in other parts of world.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    Pictures?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    "and made to eat said balls"
    __________________
    you never disappoint, Meme... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb4264f7d4d7227830d50436ebc02fe52f854ab6633bc6dbb91c04c30c8efcd0.gif

  • Thingamajig
  • Marlika

    You know I thought this way about the ugly woman with the bad skin whom claims to have started the #metoo movement. But then I started thinking about it ???and I can see how some man could think that no one would believe her based on her looks and how he could get away with it. Not just with her but in general with any man and a woman he may deem unattractive.??

  • Pamela

    Had they raped and then killed her, would the court have rendered the same verdict? I mean being ugly and all

  • tintin

    She has a hole thats all they need. A face dont make a man cum

  • Ling

    For real!!!

  • Ling

    This has to be satirical! Has to be! Wtf???

  • dru and neil

    Since when do men need to be attracted to someone they have sex with? That court ruling is a threat to women and if I lived there I’d be protesting too.

  • Dem Moore

    That's the definition of adding insult to injury. They a mess for that.

  • dru and neil

    I’m glad you changed your point of view. I know ignorant, idiot men who actually think a woman should lay back and “enjoy” when being sexually assaulted. Seriously, grown men have asked me why we fight instead of “enjoying the sex” when being raped. I remember being absolutely revolted on both occasions, then wondered how many other men think like this. It’s the kind of comment that makes me just despise men.

  • Renee26

    What type of judges do they have???

  • Yam

    Amen

  • MrsSpice1

    Ha!! Set them free if u want to....??? couldnt be me!! Mfz would be missing! Jail or hell would be a safer place then my vengeance.

  • Alextra Ballard

    So folks been line foe decades....we've always been told that rape was not about looks, or how a woman carried herself it was about"Power" the lies folks tell

  • Faithz

    BAAAAHAAAAAhahahahahahaha.

  • RealATLPeach36

    But was her puzzay ugly? Face don’t matter to but jobs

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ?

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Oh my..I need images..Is this for real? I can’t.. let me gone log off for a min..?

  • Jethro

    Sounds like a tRump defense.

  • Cali

    I’ll say it again, WOMEN are very harmful to other WOMEN just as men are.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    lol.

  • Bonita

    Yes they are. Jealous, vindictive, malicious, you name it. I've always been a guy's girl. After an experience of a jealous female in high school, I learned to keep my distance from females.

  • ALLMINE?

    Stooooppppppp??

  • ALLMINE?

    Native Italians can dress their asses off. Like how much did u pay for that outfit bro? ????

  • Renee26

    Horseface ???

  • Meme

    " grown men have asked me why we fight instead of “enjoying the sex” when being raped"

    _____________________________
    Wow those men, are messed up in the head

  • B.Loveitt

    Yes and the men think American women especially Black women will do anything. But it is absolutely beautiful!!!

  • dru and neil

    I couldn’t even look at them the same. I worked with them.

  • Sushi

    Ok, she was ugly , but still was raped , ok then..... Maybe I'm lost, you can't have it both ways ....

  • Sushi

    ^^^^That^^^^^^

  • Strappyheels

    But Europeans are so woke!!?

  • Mikayla

    Beware of any woman that calls other women “females.” I’ve attracted my share of jealous women. If one experience was enough to make you a “guy’s girl,” I don’t want to know how you’ll stick up for men, at women’s expense.

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    Poor System.......ridiculous.

  • The Gay Tupac

    Italy has a very interesting criminal justice system. Remember Amanda Knox she was a fellow American who the Italians insisted on keeping in prison for years for murder despite the fact those fools had absolutely no freaking evidence. The Italians & especially those legal higher ups had a vendetta against Knox and what they perceived as her being promiscuous. I remember the horrible things they did to try and smear her when she was shown to be kissing her boyfriend when she was dealing with being charged & couldn't leave. If any normal human being was about to be imprisoned for life in a foreign land for something they absolutely didn't do, who wouldn't be hugging and kissing your partner too? They were just awful. And they don't punish their corrupt officials well either. This whole story doesn't surprise me.

  • friendofblog

    I see them all the time on social media; always defending guys NO MATTER WHAT. I cannot stand that ish.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Sane thing as them whales saying R. Kelly raped them

  • PlayerP

    Cuz pu say don't have a face

  • Ms..N

    Since ,when does looks have to do with a man sexuallly assaulting a woman have to do with her looks!!!

  • casiepriest33

    Realest comment ever! On code. Sorry it happened but not my problem

  • Dainese

    Woww

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Rape has noting to do with "looks". It's about power. Who doesn't know this by now??.

  • 1BlueStar

    Soooo no one wants to see what she looks like??

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    ??

  • Blunted25

    A panel of judges made up of all women at that smh

  • SpiceGirl

    "panel of all female judges " <-------You have got to be kidding me!
    I truly hope it happens to one of them....yeah I said it!!! Rape is rape!

  • SpiceGirl

    I do...

  • Thingamajig

    She can look like wolverine... it doesn’t matter.

  • Babe Miller

    She is a hawg

  • Babe Miller

    I never heard of this

  • DeJeri

    They are predators who pick victims that they believe will be an easy target, i.e. the child with negligent parents, a person who is slow or disabled, the girl who is promiscuous or black out drunk. They know what they're doing.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???? @ saving the number under Viking!

  • sunni_daze

    But the juror in the R Kelly trial said the same thing about those victims. "He didn't like how they looked" so this is very believable, the unbelievable part is it was WOMEN who were against the victim's looks.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Men are responsible for 98% of rapes in this country. Power and dominance over their victims are factors. But the real reason men rape is they can't control their primal lust.

  • Branch Davidian

    Damn!!! The "Butter Face" defense!!!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Can U imagine how she feels?! First he violently violates you. Then talks about you like a dog!
    I think he should mysteriously end up with an arrow in the @zz.

  • SayWhatNow?

    How many ugly women walking around town with 10 children? Case closed! Somebody like it damn it!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Men assault men, nuns, children & animals. They just don't care.

  • SayWhatNow?

    And I don't know if she was raped or not but that should not be their defense.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    All day. Every day.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    They should convict him for being a 1st class jerk!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Uncontrolled primal urges.

  • SayWhatNow?

    My brother is very handsome, but when we were younger he use to bring ugly and I do mean ugly girls home and they would get smashed just like the pretty ones.

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns

    the stroke i almost had reading this
    wow

  • Kayke

    “Yo, I used to live in New York when I was 17. I couldn’t even pay my bills. You know what I did to make money? I used to do shows for drug dealers that wanted to clean their money up. One time I did a real good set, and these motherfuckers called me in the back room. They gave me $25,000 in cash. I was probably 18, 19 years old. I was scared. I thanked them profusely, I put that money in my backpack, I jumped on the subway and started heading towards Brooklyn at one in the morning. Never been that terrified in my life. Because I’d never in my life had something that somebody else would want. I thought to myself, “Jesus Christ, if these motherfuckers knew how much money I had in this backpack, they’d kill me for it.” Then I thought, “Holy shit. What if I had a pussy on me all the time?” That’s what women are dealing with”

    -Dave Chapelle

  • Curtis

    You know good looking people are considered kind, humble, righteous and all virtues while those on other side are associated with all vices. It is the way world is. If a panel of female judges can agree to that crap it shows how deep this is. Society doesn't accept good looking people can be murderers, rapists or rather criminals.

  • Kayke

    Its something to be appreciated at times.

  • dru and neil

    What difference would that make? You buying this retarded theory about her being to ugly to get sexually assaulted, because that’s not how it works.

  • dru and neil

    Exactly, I can honestly say her looks didn’t even cross my mind. I don’t know what the f*ck is wrong with people.

  • dru and neil

    Apparently a lot of people don’t have a clue. We got folks giving credence to this retarded theory pertaining the woman’s looks. It doesn’t MATTER.

  • Angelique Johnson

    Wow. But some how they still got turned on and hard enough to go inside. Wow
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6279d54283358ca5c5f3c98884e9e77001cae6106a3054f764c348caf6ef10c.gif

  • Trace da Ace

    only in a damn foreign country will this happen....you think some ish like this would fly in USA???? And the fact that they even ruled for that reason is such an monstrosity to man kind...smdh

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Not only that is she was so ugly why did he save her number or even ask for it in the first place. smdh

  • Guess Who

    Uh..............
    ...are folks STILL thinking that rape is about sex? Rape doesn't discriminate or are all victims model fine. FOH.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Italians are so romantic.

  • GrapeCrush

    Well damn

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    You know what I am dying right now!!! This ain't funny but damnit its hilarious!!!! LOLOLOL

  • 1BlueStar

    Calm down Druski, it doesn't make a difference to me at all...I just want to see what she looks like, like any other nosey mofo would....

  • Bonita

    So what box do you check when filling out an application . . . male? Cause I check female myself. I had one personal experience and years of observation to know how messy women can be. Notice, I used the term women in the previous sentence. "Female" and "woman," (women is plural) are synonyms. That means they're interchangeable. Beware of women who get in their feelings about being called females, the very sex that can produce offspring. smh And gender aside, I'm able to reason objectively when it comes to men vs. women. Preferring the company of "males" has no bearing on my views when it comes to men and women. If anything, I bring insightful female perspective to predominantly male conversations.

  • onelove

    poom poom don't have a face. it's just smells diffrent!!!

  • onelove

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they saying only Attractive people get raped!! these Crackers !!!!!!!!!!

  • itsjismemelly

    this is a joke right

  • dru and neil

    Alright alright alright!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Just dumb for no reason at all.

  • Chapter29Chick

    Yeah, so what? I can handle it. I know how to chop a man in the throat when he least expects it if he goes for my spot uninvited. Then I beeline to safety with a smirk. These men deserve a shank doused in alcohol for being so damned evil!!!!!!!! ?

  • Dee Mitchel

    If she so ugly why would he store her phone number in his phone under 'Viking'...obviously he will hump a Viking too!

    And I bet the victim look better then the 'whole' panel of female judges...Jealous heifers!

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  • Kay J

    Well...where is her pic??

  • Kay J

    Growing up I would overhear the older folks say, "P**** ? has no face" ??

  • Mikayla

    Nah. You’re using “women” interchangeably now, because I called you out, but you didn’t before. It sounds crass to use “females“ to refer to women. You would not do that to men. It comes from a disdain for women, and only certain types of women and males (see how weird that sounds) do that. A “female” can also be an ox, a monkey, or a type of bolt that a screw goes into — it’s not a synonym for a human woman, at all. That’s why you do not and would never hear a learned person use the term in everyday conversation or writing.

  • Bonita

    I used "women" to support the fact that it's a synonym, not appease you. You aint called me out on nothin. You need to look up the term "female" in the dictionary, cause you're reaching. You know good and gotdamn well I'm not talking about an ox, monkey, or a bolt, so stop it. And what I'm not about to do is go back and forth with a hypersensitive "female" over semantics. I said what I said.

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  • Mikayla

    You’re completely free to refer to women in the way you do. It’s a black colloquialism and sounds ignorant so it suits you. I’m not the only black woman who sees it as an indicator of hatred toward black women. It lets us know to steer clear of you, so definitely keep it up!

  • Bonita

    Girl stop! Hatred toward Black women? You allow words to have too much power over you. As a Black woman myself, aint no way in hell I'd allow the word "female" to get me in my feelings. That's absolutely ridiculous! Get over yourself ma'am. Trust, we'll steer clear of each other, cause I have no patience for hypersensitive women.

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  • MsChocCookie

    ROFL I want to see her face but hell its a lot of ugly Italians....should they all go down.....it’s not like it’s their fault.....blame it on bad genes ????

  • Mikayla

    I’m not “in my feelings” at all. I just consider you ignorant and dismissed.

  • Bonita

    Yes you are. That's why you addressed it in the first place. Now let me help you out and set you on the block, cause you're annoying as hell.

  • Mikayla

    Blocking? Someone’s “in their feelings” alright. I addressed it to advise women to avoid self-hating, male-identified women like you. And I’ll do it again.

  • Cali

    Girl, I believe you 100%!!! Females are your greatest enemy if you’re a woman or they could be your greatest friend, too bad you have about a 50% chance? worse than marriage success! I’m dealing with a sexual harassment situation at work and I swear these old jealous women are pathetic and tried to do something similar that was done to this woman! Like they’re jealous because “I” was targeted like it’s something special and not a crime! Oh, and he’s white so it couldn’t possibly be true or it was sexual assault by accident, even though he admitted to it in writing as “simply trying to help me with a wardrobe malfunction”..many of the co-signers of his depravity are mature women of color, one I’ve known for 15 years and pretended to be a friend. Funny, I’ve never had jealousy issues with my male friends...it’s tough to know who’s true?