For those who don’t want to read through the whole link, an Italian student protester went up to a riot policeman and kissed him on his mask and also, allegedly licked her fingers and then put them on his mouth.
Now yes, that’s not behavior I’d say is fine and yeah I’ll also concede this would probably have been viewed differently if this was a male protestor and a female police officer, but isn’t this just a little ridiculous that she’s being charged with engaging in “sexual violence” and isn’t this a bit insulting to people who’ve actually been victims of sexual violence?
Sexual assault often includes pretty much anything that could be considered for sexual gratification. Not sure how it is in Italy, but in many states - there are different degrees. You might have four different categories - from pinching someone’s but to putting your something in their something.
Do you not think this should be in its own category? If not sexual - what do you call it?
I think the name can unfairly tarnish people - as does many offenses that can get you labeled as a sexual predator or whatever.
Not knowing anything about Italian law, my guess is that her actions would be considered their equivalent of a minor misdemeanor version of sexual assault. US states have various levels of sexual assault charges, from serious felonies for violent rape down to minor misdemeanors for forced kiss/bottom-grabbing/etc.
As someone who’s been sexually assaulted, and I can’t speak for everyone of course, but I agree that it does meet the more ‘mild’ definition of sexual assault. Also, going so far as to lick her finger and stick it in his mouth is rather icky, and worse than just smooching the helmet visor.
I suspect they’re just making an example of her. It would look terrible if more women were interfering with police by grabbing and kissing them, and the police had to try to pull them off to do something urgent or simply continue to keep the peace; I can imagine the headlines of “oh, look at these horrible police beating women for kissing them!” when they were simply trying to do their job and protestors had found creative ways to resist.
Had this been in America, I’d have just rolled my eyes. But this is Italy, folks. The country where a discreet nooner between consenting adults is pratically a national right. Have the lawyers finally managed to destroy the last bastion of la dolce vita?
There are different degrees of sexual assault just as there are different degrees of physical assault, would charging someone with common assault for a relevant incident insult someone who has been a victim of grievious bodily harm in a different incident?
And what difference does it make that the officer was male and the alleged offender female? Males don’t want strange people touching them either.
“allegedly licked her fingers and then put them on his mouth” - that certainly sounds like assault if not sexual assault. She shouldn’t be sticking her syphilitic, herpes, HIV infected (can anyone say she doesn’t have any social diseases?) fingers in anyone’s anything. At least, not without getting permission first.
What does Italian statute say? Is forcing your spit+ into someone’s unwilling mouth cause for an arrest? Apparently it does.
IMO, it’s simple assault (if you must) but not sexual assault. Sexual harassment, I could maybe see, but sexual *assault *(or “sexual violence”) not so much. The intent is to humiliate and ridicule the tool of the state, not get her jollies. It was more in line with sticking a flower in a NG’s gun than a Serbian rape camp, is what I’m saying.
It may be a translation issue, however did she stick her fingers on his mouth or in his mouth, that could be taken as two different levels of assault. Again there are different levels of assault, I don’t think anyone is comparing it to rape.
There’s a picture in the original post, she got her fingers under his mask.
This. The police probably needs to be attacked before they can respond, so they have to legally define the more creative but physical approaches as violence to justify responding to it with some form of force.
What states are you referring to? Criminal sexual contact generally comes in two flavors at most, such as sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault, and three at most (in some jurisdictions “rape” still solely refers to penile penetration.)