Saturday, February 18, 2006

Virgins Matter More

When victims of a sexual crime in Italy. That is what the country's highest court has said:

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.

Let me see if I got this right: A sexually more experienced teenager will suffer less from oral rape than one who is still a virgin? So the fact that I like to eat nice dinners could be an important factor in the sentencing of someone who rams ten raw cabbages down my throat with an oar? I'd not suffer as much because I have eaten in the past. I see.

These judges appear to confuse normal consensual sex and sexual violence. They seem to be saying that women get used to the violence when they get sexually more experienced.

You know, I don't really wonder why the birth rate is so low in Italy if this court reflects anything at all common in the country.