The case and verdict has sparked outrage across Cyprus, the UK and around the world. It has prompted many human rights advocates to speak out about the mistreatment of the young woman and the fairness of the trial. Susana Pavlou, a director of a Cyprus-based NGO focusing on women’s rights and gender equality, who attended the hearing, said that Papathanasiou’s judgment was yet another example of victim-blaming attitudes. "The way he made his judgment sounded entirely subjective," she told TIME magazine
. "No explanation was given about how he weighed the evidence and why he rejected the testimony of the young woman. We felt intensely that we were hearing more of the same."