Wacko ruling from the Italian Supreme Court

Sexual abuse of a teenage girl isn’t as bad if the girl wasn’t a virgin at the time of the abuse, according to the Italian Supreme Court:

ROME, Italy (Reuters) — Sexually abusing a teenager is less serious a crime if the girl is not a virgin, Italy’s higher court said on Friday in a controversial ruling that immediately drew a barrage of criticism.

The court ruled in favor of a man in his forties, identified only as Marco T., who forced his 14-year old stepdaughter to have oral sex with him after she refused intercourse.

The man, who has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail, lodged an appeal arguing that the fact that his stepdaughter had had sex with men before should have been taken into consideration during his trial as a mitigating factor.

The supreme court agreed, saying that because of her previous sexual experiences, the victim’s “personality, from a sexual point of view, is much more developed than what would be normally expected of a girl of her age”.

“It is therefore fair to argue that (the damage for the victim) would be lower” if the abused girl was not a virgin, Italian news agencies quoted the court as saying.

This means the man could now be handed a lighter sentence.

This isn’t the first time they’ve made a controversial ruling, either:

In recent years it has ruled that “an isolated and impulsive” pat on a woman’s buttocks at work did not constitute sexual harassment, and returned a verdict that a woman could not have been raped because she was wearing skin-tight jeans.

I guess some places in Europe aren’t quite as ‘progressive’ as our pals on the left like to make them out to be.

Captain Ed nails it:

So now the Italian justice system wants to set up a degree of varying damage to women who are sexually abused based on their own sexual experience. It seems to me that a 40-month sentence already seems rather light for a stepparent who abused a young girl under his care. Now the court wants to set an even shorter span depending on whether the victim has engaged in consensual sexual activity. Why? Does the Italian justice system believe that good girls don’t deserve to get raped, but somehow bad girls ask for it?

Their court has embarrassed Italy, and for good reason. Their notion of sexual predation belongs to the nineteenth century, not the twenty-first, and Italian women should consider themselves under siege by their own justice system. The Italians have unwittingly taken a step closer to the Islamist position that women corrupt men and push the burden for sexual crimes onto the female victims instead of the male perpetrators. Can the burqas be far behind?

(Hat tip to ST reader stackja)

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