An Italian couple has kept their teenage daughter captive for a year after discovering she was in a same-sex relationship.
The 17-year-old, who lived with her parents in a town near Rome, was subjected to psychological violence and forced to stay home.
Her family even locked her in while they were away and allegedly prevented her from going to school.
Kept captive for a year
The girl’s nightmare started when her parents found her messages to her girlfriend.
She was finally able to escape with the help of a local LGBTI organization at the beginning of October.
The young woman contacted the Gay Center through the anonymous chat Speakly, a channel dedicated to LGBTI minors in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Education. The organization alerted the authorities, who helped the girl relocate to a care home for minors.
This was her second attempt to escape
This wasn’t her first attempt to escape. The girl had previously filed a complaint with the authorities. However, police brought her back home to her parents as she was underage.
‘The girl has gone through a very serious family situation since her parents found out she was a lesbian last year,’ member of Gay Center Fabrizio Marrazzo said.
‘She managed to escape once again and contacted our Gay Help Line. We helped her move to a care home and start anew, and let her go back to school.’
Not an isolated case
‘This is not an isolated case,’ Marrazzo also said, highlighting the need for a law against homophobia.
He invited the Italian LGBTI community to protest on 17 May, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
‘If a law proposal won’t be presented in parliament, we will go on strike,’ he said.