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# Italy
Italian rape case dropped as 'woman didn't scream'
The ruling has triggered an outcry by women’s groups in the country.

ITALY’S JUSTICE MINISTER has asked officials to look into a case in which a court acquitted a man of raping a woman because she didn’t scream.

The Italian news agency ANSA said that Minister Andrea Orlando had asked ministry inspectors to begin checking into the case.

ANSA said a court in Turin had ruled last month that the woman’s saying “Enough!” to her colleague who allegedly raped her constituted too weak a reaction to prove that she was sexually attacked.

The ruling specified she didn’t scream or ask for help.

Centre-right Forza Italia opposition lawmaker Annagrazia Calabria decried the ruling, saying:

Certainly, you cannot punish the personal reaction of a woman terrified by what is happening to her.

The ruling has also triggered an outcry by women’s groups.

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