British teen ‘raped’ outside Tuscan bar

Police are investigating claims by a British teenager that she was raped outside a bar near Grosseto in Tuscany this week.

British teen 'raped' outside Tuscan bar
Photo: Ferma il Bastardo/Stop the Bastard Campaign Facebook page

The 15-year-old girl, who has not been named, was on holiday with her parents in the Maremma region when she was allegedly raped by a young man early on Wednesday morning near a bar in the town of Scarlino, according to the Italian daily La Repubblica.

Police have questioned a group of teenagers who were reportedly with the young girl on the night of the attack.

The teenager told police she was raped on a jetty a short distance from the bar and gave them a description of the attacker who has not yet been identified, La Repubblica said.

She said she left the bar alone around 4.00am and after the attack she returned to the bar in a state of shock.

When approached by The Local the British Embassy in Rome said it was not aware of the alleged attack.

Violence against women has become a major issue in Italy this year and according to CGIL, Italy's largest trade union, there were 81 victims until June 2013. In 2012 the number of victims stood at 124, according to Italy’s national statistics agency ISTAT. 

 In August the Italian government passed a new anti-femicide law, which includes measures such as the obligatory arrest of those caught in the act of stalking, or physically abusing victims, and obligatory police investigations once complaints have been lodged.

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Italy’s president calls for ‘full truth’ on anniversary of Bologna bombing

President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday it was the state's duty to shed more light on the 1980 bombing of Bologna's train station, on the 42nd anniversary of the attack that killed 85 people and injured 200.

Italy's president calls for 'full truth' on anniversary of Bologna bombing

On August 2nd 1980, a bomb exploded in the railway station’s waiting room, causing devastation on an unprecedented scale.

Five members of terrorist groups were later convicted in relation to the bombing, the worst episode in Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ period of political violence in the 1970s and 80s.

Most recently, in 2020, a former member of the far-right Armed Revolutionary Nucleus (NAR) was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to those who carried out the attack.

But suspicions remain of cover-ups and the involvement of “deviant elements” within the nation’s security services, reported Italian news agency Ansa.

READ ALSO: Bologna massacre: 40 years on, questions remain over Italy’s deadliest postwar terror attack

“The bomb that killed people who happened to be at the station on that morning 42 years ago still reverberates with violence in the depths of the country’s conscience,” Mattarella said in a speech marking the anniversary on Tuesday.

“It was the act of cowardly men of unequalled inhumanity, one of the most terrible of the history of the Italian Republic.

A train compartment at Bologna station pictured following the 1980 bombing attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari.

“It was a terrorist attack that sought to destabilise democratic institutions and sow fear, hitting ordinary citizens going about their everyday tasks.

“On the day of the anniversary our thoughts go, above all, to the relatives forced to suffer the greatest pain.

“The neo-fascist nature of the massacre has been established in court and further steps have been made to unveil the cover-ups and those who ordered the attack in order to comply with the Republic’s duty to seek the full truth”.

The bombing remains Western Europe’s fourth deadliest postwar terror attack, and one of the most devastating in Italy’s history.