Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a court of appeal in Ancona after the acquittal of two men on rape charges, reported The Local Italy.
Although the ruling was handed down two years ago, the reasoning for it wasn't made public until this past Friday, when Italy's highest court rejected that decision and ordered a retrial, The Guardian reports.
In part of the ruling, the court noted that the suspects had found her unattractive and too "masculine" to be a credible rape victim.More news: Some details you should know about Chronic Kidney Disease
It was revealed that they were initially convicted in 2016 for raping the lady in 2015 but the Ancona court of appeal revoked the sentence and set them free.
Rebel Network, the Italian women's rights group behind Monday's protest, tweeted, "Rape does not fulfill a desire for pleasure, but an abominable hatred and contempt for the victim. It does not depend on how feminine on how you are".
The complainant had explained that one of the men forcefully had sex with her while the other one stayed as his guard.
According to a 2015 Italian National Institute of Statistics report, almost 1 in 3 Italian women have disclosed physical or sexual violence, and 5 percent of Italian women have reported being the victim of rape or attempted rape.More news: UK PM Could's Brexit deal has reached the top of the street
A subsequent medical exam found that she had sustained injuries consistent with rape, and that date rape drugs were found in her system.
They concluded that it was "not possible to exclude the possibility that it was" the alleged victim who "organised the 'exuberant" evening, ' and then claimed rape.
They said the man accused of rape 'didn't even like the girl, to the point of having stored her number in his phone under the nickname "Viking", an allusion to an anything but feminine figure, rather a masculine one.
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The case will be reheard by a court in Perugia.