The jurors and the judges considered that it was about a lesbophobic rape, in particular because the defendant “knew from the beginning of their meeting the sexual orientation” of his victim.
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It’s a decision “historical” according to the victim’s lawyer and lesbian activists. Friday, May 28, the Paris Assize Court sentenced a man to 14 years in prison for “rape because of sexual orientation” on a homosexual woman. In March 2020, Jeanne’s attacker (whose first name was changed at her request) was sentenced to 15 years by the Seine-Saint-Denis Assize Court. But the aggravating circumstance of homophobia had not been retained. This time, the jurors and the judges considered that it was a lesbophobic rape, in particular because the accused, aged 25, “knew from the start of their meeting the sexual orientation” of his victim. The court also relied on the testimony of the young woman, who had repeatedly recounted the sentence launched as a warning by her attacker: “Do you like girls? Well I’ll make you like it.”
Recognition of the lesbophobic nature of this aggression “was most important to me”, Jeanne reacted to AFP. “The rape was fueled by that, he wanted to deny me as a lesbian, to punish me. At the first trial, I had been denied a second time by justice, society, in my identity, that was the hardest part “, she explained. “There, the jurors said he was not allowed to do this to me for who I am. It will help me a lot in the repair.”, added the young woman.