A high number of women have suffered degrading and humiliating sexual acts, unwanted relationships and experienced violence, abuse or serious physical harassment such as rapes or attempted rapes. Twenty-one percent of Italian women, more than 4.5 million, have suffered such injustices throughout their lives.
More than one million have been victims of the most severe crimes: 653,000 women were raped, while 746,000 have suffered attempted rape. In 13.6 percent of the cases, the perpetrators of gender violence are the partners and former partners of these women between the ages of 16 and 70. The latest case happened on Tuesday in Borgo Vercelli, where a woman was run over and then stabbed by her former husband.
Among the women abused by their partners, 90.6 percent were raped; 79.6 percent suffered attempted strangulation, suffocation and burns; and 77.8 percent received slaps, punches, kicks and bites. In 1.5 percent of beating cases, the victims suffered permanent damage. Among the wives and girlfriends victims of violence, 37.6 percent reported injuries or lesions, while 21.8 percent suffer from recurrent pain. Not even pregnancy stops the abuse — actually in 7.5 percent of cases it is the source of the man’s wrath.