Raped when she was 27 year-old and now completely compensated. Unfortunately she is almost 100-year-old. This is the paradoxical story of a woman who was raped during the second world war and to whom the Court of Auditors acknowledged, in a recent sentence, the right to be compensated by the Italian State for the suffered moral damages. Rosa, as many other women of the time, became a victim of rape at the hand of the so-called ”goumiers”, colonial north-African troups of the French army guided by the General Alphonse Juin who – after having rejected the Germans, was allowed to perpetrate all kind of violence on the defenseless population of Ciociaria, at the foot of the Aurunci mountains, between May 12 and 27 of the year 1944. The lives of 3,000-3,500 women and minors were signed and destroyed, according to the most trustworthy sources. Suffered also the men, who sought to protect their wives and daughters and were sodomized and killed. About this sad chapter of history, Alberto Moravia wrote a novel, La Ciociara, adapted into a film by De Sica which is remembered for the superlative playing of Sophia Lauren.
Rosa was hospitalized for several months after the violence and in the years to come she was to undergo several surgical interventions. In 1992 she was granted a war pension ”for the neurotic state as a consequence of the suffered carnal violence during the war” But the attorneys of Ms. Rosa, take a further step: they ask, still in ’92, the liquidation of a non-patrimonial damage on the basis of a sentence of the Constitutional Court from 1987. The Court sustained that ”carnal violence causes… the damage of the fundamental values of freedom and dignity of a person… and it must be compensated. This cause had been dragging three questions, impugnments and appeals behind since 1992, when the lady was 75, until she got almost 100-year-old. Finally, the Court of Auditors confirmed the indemnity of her moral damages. Rosa obtained a little or a great satisfaction for this act of justice. But at the age of 98, after a life marked by terror every day, this is probably merely a detail.