Court Clears Attempted Rapist Because His Victim was Trans
After following the woman for some time, the would-be rapist was “brutally violent” in the “attempted rape”, tearing off the victim’s pants and grabbing at the victim’s crotch, according to the paper.
However, the court has ruled that the 61-year-old had intended to rape a woman, as he had been following her before the attack, making a conscious decision to rape her specifically. The man also referred to his victim as “she” throughout the court case.
As this woman” was actually a man, his intentions were impossible to commit as the rape could never be completed.
“We believe that he wanted to rape this woman in particular. But as she turned out to be a man, the crime never was actually committed,” said Sjöstedt, adding that the case against rape was “invalid”.
What? Are the Swedish somehow unfamiliar with the phrase, “there’s more than one way to rape a cat?” One need not possess a vagina to be raped.
In a tiny speckle of good news, the attempted rapist was at least convicted of assault, and will spend the next four years of his life in prison. A judge also ordered the attacker to pay his victim 15,000 kronor ($2,161) in damages.