Let's talk about Violence against women in Italy
Women all over the world have been faced with challenges such as sexual assault. This is prominent in Italy due to the fact that the law is only as good as the people that uphold it. It's known that many Italian men get away with such acts of violence because of the way sexual assault is being seen in this country. The way in which Italy deals with these cases is not as distinguished as it in the United States.
Sexual Violence Cases in Italy and how they're handled
"About 75 percent of the 2,200 women murdered from 2000 to 2012 — roughly one murder every two days — were killed by partners or former partners" (New York Times). Many women that are killed in Italy by domestic partners had previously reported violence including stalking, battery and sexual abuse. The biggest thing to take away from the way Italy's government treats these cases is that many men get away with sexual violence due to a renowned rape culture.
Here's a short clip to give you an idea about how sexual assault is portrayed in America and around the world.
Its a Mens issue
The biggest problem we have surrounding sexual assault is basing it around women. Although women are victim blamed and portrayed as the one's at fault, it is nearly impossible for women to be held responsible for acts such as rape or assault. One way we can move in the right direction is focusing it on men, and introducing respect at a very young age.
According to UNWomen.org, 1 in 3 women experience sexual violence in the world, mostly from an intimate partner.
"Women who have been physically or sexually abused by their partners are more than twice as likely to have an abortion, almost twice as likely to experience depression, and in some regions, 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV, as compared to women who have not experienced partner violence" -UN Women
Normalizing sexual violence
President Elect Donald Trump speaking about how he views women
The way in which we think about women plays a huge part in how we treat them. As you can see from the clip, The Donald doesn't have too much respect for the women in America or in general. By mainstreaming and normalizing rape culture we are then able to send a message that sexual violence is okay.
Examples of Rape Culture:
- Not holding men accountable for their actions (Victim Blaming)
- Music that shows women as inferior and we always "want it".
- Calling women of sexual assault by male athletes "Career Destroyers"
- Making up excuses such as outfit choices to blame someone for being raped
Sexual Assault on college campuses
Intensive facts about sexual violence against women in college
- 59% of sexual assaults took place in the victims residence
- 31% occurred in other residence spaces on campus
- 10% occurred in fraternity houses
Sexual Assault is especially heinous on college campuses because of the drinking culture associated with the students. LGBTQ, minorities and people with disabilities are more likely to be targeted and are therefore more vulnerable to sexual violence. Fraternity members have a tendency to commit rape more than men not affiliated with greek organizations (Time). As we continue to let sexual violence on college campus's happen because of ruining a "reputation" or being subject to jail time for students, the more we let down rape victims facing a pitiful future.
Organizations fighting Sexual Violence
United Kindom's #Timetoact campaign in front of Big Ben, London
#Time to act
#Timetoact is a campaign funded by the United Kingdoms Government to end Sexual Assault. They promoted their campaign in front of one of the countries most prominent clock tower and Parliament building, Big Ben in London.
No More, An American based Organization put into action to end sexual violence against women.
No more is an organization that brings awareness to sexual violence and the stigma of rape culture. They have brought in thousands of individuals across nations to take a stand against sexual assault since their upbringing in 2013. No more also has online programs, such as the one at Chico State that is required by the University before enrolling for classes for the semester. This program allows students to know the signs and signals of sexual assault and also helps them understand how to avoid committing or being a victim of violence.
Annual March for Violence against women
Take back the night
In April, sexual assault awareness month, individuals do an annual march to end sexual violence and stand with women that are victims of sexual assault. The meaning behind "take back the night" is that women aren't alone when walking alone in the dark.
How can we stop it?
Passing Bills into Laws to end Sexual violence is one of the best things we can do for women in countries lacking equality amongst both genders. The U.S recently enacted the Yes means Yes law, which makes the only form of consent a verbal YES from each partner. This has helped several rape and sexual assault victims to take down their violent perpetrator.
By ending rape culture in every country in the world we can work towards ending sexual assault and victim blaming.