In 2017, an Italian appeals court comprised of three female jurists acquitted two men of rape. One reason for the acquittal: The judges agreed with the defendants’ argument that the victim looked like a man and therefore they could not have been attracted to her.
The ruling has been overturned and a retrial has been ordered. The reasoning behind the appeals court’s ruling — revealed Friday through the Italian Supreme Court’s retrial order — sparked outrage over the weekend.
Hundreds of people on Monday protested outside the appeals court in Ancona, the city of 100,000 on Italy’s Adriatic coast, where the alleged rape occurred.