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Court: Refusal To Bathe Before Sex Is Rape

ROME, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A husband’s refusal to bathe before demanding sex from his wife and his refusal to listen to her pleas to stop constitute rape, Italy’s Supreme Court ruled.

Court records indicate a 51-year-old Sicilian shepherd had a habit of “returning from tending sheep in the fields and imposing sex on his wife without cleaning himself up beforehand,” restraining her hands and ignoring her pleas to stop, Italian news agency ANSA reported Wednesday.

“The sexual acts were forced by the strength of the man,” the justices said in their opinion. “Therefore, they are considered violent.”

In 2007, the man was sentenced to nine years in prison, but an appeals court reduced the sentence to two years and reduced the crime from rape to maltreatment and violent behavior.

Following the high court ruling, the man was awaiting sentencing, ANSA said.

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