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Friday, February 17, 2006

Italian Supreme Court: Lack of Virginity = a Mitigating Factor to Sex Crime Charges

The Italian Supreme Court decided that a teenage sex-crime victim's lack of virginity can be considered as a mitigating factor at trial.   Because of her previous sexual experiences, the court said, 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".  So it is "fair to argue that (the damage for the victim) would be lower" if the abused girl was not a virgin.  The court's decision drew widespread criticism across the political spectrum.  Full story from CNN.com. . . [Mark Godsey, thanks to Neil Wehneman]

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