Acid Attacks Against Women Are On The Rise In Italy

Jordan Shepherd

A 31-year-old woman in Italy was attacked by two men last Thursday, who forced their way into her home and poured acid on her.

The acid burned her arms and buttocks, and the men proceeded to pour acid on a dog in an adjacent yard, as well.

Vania Del Col, who was raped in 2002, opened her door to two hooded men, who proceeded to dump acid on her.

The man who raped her was an ex-boyfriend, and he served under four years for the attack. Authorities are considering him to be the main suspect for this attack.

According to Del Col’s husband, she has received four threatening notes in the mail including ones that read “You are going to die,” and “Be careful, we know what you are doing.”

These notes came in the mail just a week before the attack last week.

This is not the only attack of this nature as of late, as acid attacks are on the rise in Italy.

Two weeks ago, a masked man on a scooter hit a 36-year-old woman, who was eight weeks pregnant with twins, with battery acid.

She was attacked in the parking lot of a health clinic in Milan as she waited for her regular checkup.

These sorts of attacks are so brutal, the intent of them is to permanently disfigure and ruin the lives of women, and men the women know or were formerly associated with often commit them.

The acid melts the skin off of faces, and often leaves victims blind. The pain is excruciating, and no amount of skin grafts can bring the victims’ appearance back to normal.

“For now we don’t know why anyone would do this,” says Luigi Orsi, the investigating magistrate leading the investigation.

Italy has more than its fair share of domestic violence as well, as one in three women in the country report being a victim of domestic violence, with over 40,000 women calling for help every year.

This sort of violence can lead to acid attacks, which causes some women to not report attacks out of fear for their lives.

How can we fix this? There needs to be a change in culture, starting with early education of boys and girls about what’s morally right and wrong. The problem is, people can be deviant, and there really might never be a true solution to prevent attacks like these, which aren’t difficult to carry out.

Jordan Shepherd

Jordan Shepherd

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