Italian PM’s partner suggested that women themselves would be guilty of rape: and then denied it
Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni’s partner has been condemned after suggesting that women who get drunk are more at risk of rape.
TV presenter Andrea Giambruno has denied victim blaming after making the comments on his show on Monday.
The Diario del giorno host on the Rete 4 commercial station said: ‘If you go dancing, you have every right to get drunk, there shouldn’t be any kind of misunderstanding and any kind of problem.
‘But if you avoid getting drunk and losing your senses, you might also avoid running into certain problems and risk the wolf finding you.’
His comments have led to a backlash from several politicians including from opposition politician and Democratic Party senator Cecilia D’Elia.
She said that boys ‘should be educated to show respect, rather than girls taught to be careful… Teach them (men) the value of consent, rather than girls to be wary.’
Italian politican and granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, Alessandra Mussolini, said: ‘There is nothing that can justify a man turning to violence.
‘Rape is rape and if that is not understood then for us women, it’s all over.
‘We should no longer be hearing these things in 2023.’
Mr Meloni hit back at criticism that he was victim blaming.
Back on air on Tuesday, he said he did not justify the act of rape, that he called it ‘deplorable’ and had described rapists as ‘beasts’.
He told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that he ‘never said that it is legitimate for men to rape women who are drunk’.
The prime minister has not commented on the issue.