Paralympic fencing champion Beatrice Vio. Pic/AFP
Rome: Italian paralympic fencing champion Beatrice Vio has taken legal action against an anonymous online sexual harassment campaign targeting her, it was reported on Wednesday.
A wave of indignation has swept Italy amid widespread disbelief at the nature of the online abuse against a respected athlete who had to overcome astonishing physical hardship. “I have just filed a complaint against the people who created this Facebook page,” the 19-year-old, who won gold at Rio 2016 told the daily La Repubblica. “I feel bitter. I’ve been struggling for others all these years and it’s a great disappointment that these people feel they can insult me over the internet. It’s sad.”