Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Controversy over Domestic Violence Statement

Piero Corsi, an Italian Catholic priest recently created controversy when he posted a flyer on his church's bulletin board that seems to suggest women who don't take care of their homes are partly to blame for their husband's violence.  An excerpt of the translated text reads:

Babies left to themselves, dirty houses, cold meals and fast food at home, soiled clothes.  So if a family ends up in a mess and turns into crime (a form of violence which should be condemned and punished firmly) often the responsibility is shared.

The flyer also blamed women for dressing provocatively.  Corsi has made offensive comments in the past, though.  Both the mayor of the church's village and the bishop of the province have denounced the flyer.

Read more here.


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