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Sweden's Supreme Court on Friday threw out an appeals court ruling acquitting a man of raping a 10-year-old girl because it had been unsure what the word she used for her vagina meant.

The girl had used the word "snippa," devised by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education in the early 2000s and introduced in preschools as a neutral and informal term to destigmatize women's genitals.

It is intended to be the female equivalent of the existing and commonly-used word "snopp" for male genitalia, and has rapidly grown in usage since its introduction.

In June 2021, the Halmstad district court in southwestern Sweden convicted the man, who is in his 50s but has not been publicly named, of rape for putting his hand inside the girl's pants and touching her vagina.

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