Waitress grabbed in bus stop rape attempt

A man has been arrested for attempted rape in Rome after apparently mistaking a waitress for a prostitute.

Waitress grabbed in bus stop rape attempt
The alleged attacker has been charged with attempted rape. Police car photo: Shutterstock

The 19-year-old victim, who works as a waitress in a hotel in the centre of town, was attacked as she was waiting at a bus stop on her way home on via di Roccia Cencia in the Casilino area of Rome.

The 37-year-old man allegedly approached the woman and asked her how much she charged for sex, Rome daily Il Messaggero reported. She explained that she was not a prostitute and moved away from him.

Apparently not discouraged, the man proceeded to grope her and forced her to move to a secluded spot nearby.

She managed to fight back and escape back to the main road where she was spotted by some friends who happened to be driving through.

A witness standing by the traffic lights then phoned police who arrived within minutes. The woman gave a description of the man, who was arrested shortly after. Police have charged him with sexual assault. 

According to crime stats from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Italy had a relatively low incidence of rape, with 7.6 cases of recorded rape per 100,000 people in 2012, the last year for which comparisons are available. The EU average is 10 cases per 100,000.


Italy records sharp rise in femicides over the past year

Murders of women in Italy increased by nearly 16 percent over the past year, with the vast majority committed by a partner or ex-partner.

Italy records sharp rise in femicides over the past year

Data from Italy’s interior ministry on Monday showed there were 125 femicides between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022, compared with 108 during the same period in the previous year.

Of that number, the vast majority of murders — 108 — were committed within the family sphere or an emotional context, while 68 murders, or 63 percent of the total, were committed by the victim’s partner or ex-partner, data showed.

There were a total of 319 murders in Italy in the period.

The numbers show that, on average, a woman is killed every three days in Italy.

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According to a November report by the European Institute for Gender Equality, Italy came in ninth out of 15 EU member states for the number of murders of women by intimate partners, based on 2018 data.

It came in tenth when looking at homicide committed by family members and relatives.

Womens’ rights campaigners say attitudes must change in Italy, where cases of violent crimes committed against women by their partners or ex-partners are often portrayed in the media as tragic stories of love gone sour, with the killers described as “jealous”.

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Almost 3.5 million women in Italy have been victims of stalking, according to data from national statistics agency Istat – but only 22 percent of those report the act or seek help.

Around one in three Italian women suffer abuse at some point in their life.

Femicide commonly refers to the killing of a girl or woman by a partner or family member.