Italian Court Says Not Rape If Woman Didn’t Scream, Acquits Man

Woman saying “Enough!” to her colleague, who allegedly raped her, wasn’t enough to prove she was sexually attacked

Italy's justice minister has reportedly 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 on Thursday that Minister Andrea Orlando has 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 had 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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