Italian Court Rules Victim is ‘Too Ugly’ to be Raped

The Italian Justice Ministry has ordered an investigation into an appeals court ruling that determined a woman was too ugly to be a credible rape victim.

The chain of events began in 2015, when two Peruvian men were convicted of raping a woman in Ancona. An appeals court overturned the decision two years later after ruling the victim was too “masculine” to have been found attractive by the suspects.

News of the verdict, which became public Wednesday when the Justice Ministry launched its investigation, has sparked outrage in the Italian community. Protesters gathered outside the court chanting “shame” and displaying banners and signs criticizing the appeals court’s ruling.