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Yes, You Can Get Raped In Tight Jeans

Posted by Cate on July 29, 2008

Last week the judges of the Court of Cassation in Rome reversed the ruling that a woman wearing tight jeans cannot be raped or sexually molested because the removal of the garment requires her “collaboration and consent”.

About time.

According to The Times,

The ruling came after the conviction by a court in Padua in May 2005 of a 37-year-old man who was accused of sexually molesting his partner’s 16-year-old daughter from a previous relationship by “inserting his hands inside the front of her jeans”. The sentence was upheld by the regional appeals court in Venice in October.

The man, identified only by the initials RP under Italian privacy laws, appealed to the Court of Cassation, citing its landmark 1999 ruling and claiming that he could not have committed the alleged acts against the will of the girl because her jeans were too tight. However the court upheld the one-year jail sentence given to the man for sexual assault, ruling that “jeans cannot be compared to any type of chastity belt”.

This is a step in the right direction and I look forward to the day when a woman’s choice of clothing is not considered some kind of invitation or excuse for sexual assault.


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