Sunday, February 19, 2006

I Mean, She Sorta Deserved It

Apparently, there's a negative correlation between sexual activity and traumatization. From the NY Times:
ITALY: NONVIRGINITY LESSENS SEX ABUSE CHARGE, COURT SAYS Sexually abusing a teenager is a less serious crime if the girl is not a virgin, Italy's highest court said in a ruling. The court ruled in favor of a man who forced his 14-year-old stepdaughter to have oral sex with him and appealed a prison sentence of 40 months, arguing that the fact that the girl had had sex with other men should have been taken into consideration at his trial as a mitigating factor. The court agreed, saying that because of the victim's previous sexual experiences, her "personality, from a sexual point of view," was more developed and that therefore the damage to her was less than if she had been a virgin. The decision, which drew a barrage of criticism, opened the way for the stepfather to get a lighter sentence. (REUTERS)

Surprised? C'mon! This is a logical ruling in light of our long-held belief that only "virgins" can be raped and only "strangers" are rapists. This court just made a valid theoretical extension.

And anyway, I don't think it's Italy's highest court that we should be most worried about.

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