Greek media abuses rape victim

A young woman was brutally assaulted and left helpless in a street, only to be found by passers-by. Greek media then proceeded to reveal her personal data.

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Why this story matters:

One more case of horrible brutality against women was publicly reported some days ago. A 22 year-old woman, was found half-dead in a street of Athens. She was immediately transferred to the hospital, where she stayed intubated and in a coma for a week, struggling for her life. Both the doctors and the coroners who examined her, believe that she had been raped multiply and violently.

When she recovered from the coma, she helped the police to identify the perpetrator, a 60 year-old man who was arrested and charged with the rape of the young woman, since his DNA had already been identified in the girl’s body.

These is the information provided by the authorities, which apparently, did not reach so-called "news" outlets.  

Some “journalists” considered it appropriate to expose the young woman and reveal all her personal data.

And the articles started with the assumption, a typical misogynist stereotype, that she might be responsible for what happened.

Gender violence, sex crime and abuse, seek and unfortunately grant both social and judicial mitigation. As of today, according to "sources" -- the girl “has psychological problems”; yesterday, she was “a drug addict” or “drunk” or “dressed provocatively”.

And this exploitation goes on constantly and continuously…

Details from the story:

  • The 60-year-old man who was arrested for the rape of the 22-year-old woman has been criminally prosecuted.
  • The man was arrested in 2017, again under the charge of rape, but was released on restrictive terms.
  • The girl remains hospitalized and her condition is stable.

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