Man Acquitted Of Rape Because Woman Didn't Object Loudly Enough

She shouted "enough!"...but that wasn't enough for the courts.

By Eric Shorey

A criminal case in Italy is now being investigated after a rapist was acquitted because his victim did not object to the rape loudly enough. Italy's Justice Minister has asked officials to look further into the situation.

According to CBS News, Minister Andrea Orlando has asked inspectors to reconsider evidence in a case in which a woman said the word "Enough!" to a coworker who was allegedly sexually assaulting her. The court declared that her outcry did not constitute a strong enough objection to the attack. The ruling specified she did not ask for help or scream.

"Certainly, you cannot punish the personal reaction of a woman terrified by what is happening to her," said Center-right Forza Italia opposition lawmaker Annagrazia Calabria, who objected to the ruling.

Unsurprisingly, women's groups in Italy have also opposed the decision.

The case is eerily reminiscent of the controversy which surrounded comments made by Canadian Judge Robin Camp, who asked a rape victim why she couldn't keep her knees together. He was later forced to resign from his position.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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