“Turetta is often defined as a monster, but he is not a monster. A monster is an exception, a person outside of society, a person for whom society should not take responsibility. However, that responsibility exists. The “monsters” “They are not sick, they are healthy children of patriarchy, of rape culture.” These are the words with which he begins a letter published this week by Corriere del Veneto and which has shaken Italy in recent days. The text is signed by Elena Cecchettin, who wrote it a day after the body of her sister Giulia, disfigured by 26 stab wounds, was found in a canal after a week of searching. Her murder has sparked a wave of indignation in a country that is discovered without sufficient antibodies to combat gender violence from which 105 women have died in the last eleven months, one every three days.
Giulia’s murderer is her ex-boyfriend whom Elena Cecchettin mentions in the letter by last name. Filippo Turetta is a young man the same age as her victim, whom he killed in the same week that she had to graduate in Biomedical Engineering. “He has been your good boy,” Elena wrote on her Instagram profile, reproducing the definition that family and friends repeated for days. According to what she said, Turetta couldn’t stand the fact that his ex-girlfriend graduated before him. As the details of how he kidnapped and killed her have become known, the reactions have multiplied on the street and also in the political palaces. Elena invited in her letter not to hold minutes of silence for her sister but to “burn everything,” to make a lot of noise. And on Wednesday the videos with the thunderous applause of students outside the classrooms in Italian high schools went viral, in what seemed to be a dress rehearsal for the demonstrations called for this Saturday and which are expected to be massive.
Meanwhile, the Italian Senate approved, definitively and in an unusual unanimous vote, the new law on sexist violence that provides for a toughening of penalties and the methods of application of coercive measures such as restraining orders and electronic bracelets. .
“The mobilization of these days comes, on the one hand, because Giulia’s murder is added to a list that this year has been very long and at a time when in Italy there is a decrease in murders related to organized crime and of any type of violent form from men towards men, while the number of femicides remains constant, if not increasing. The phenomenon does not regress and is structural. Furthermore, it is a series of atrocious femicides. Before Giulia’s case, there was the case of [Giulia] Tramontano, stabbed when she was seven months pregnant. This latest murder enters a dimension that seems to tell us that we have come this far,” Celeste Costantino, vice president of the Una Nessuna Centomila Foundation, dedicated to the prevention and fight against gender violence, tells ElDiario.es.
Tramontano’s case was what accelerated the bill approved by the Senate and which had been ratified by the Chamber of Deputies in July. Costantino recognizes that the law is progress, but regrets that it does not really address the issue of prevention in a country where, according to a report published this Wednesday by the Italian Institute of Statistics, one in five men considers that the way to Women’s clothing can be a cause of sexual violence and almost 40% believe that a woman can avoid a sexual relationship if she really does not want to have it. “The entire part related to training, emotional education in schools and the increase in funds for anti-violence centers is missing, whose financing continues to depend on the presentation of projects that each year have to be approved by the regions “she explains. It was she ten years ago, as a representative, who presented the first bill for sentimental education in schools. Then as now, she says, what is missing is to get out of the logic of the emergency.
“Those who have always dealt with these issues feel the need to provide non-emergency responses, because we are facing a phenomenon that cannot be compared with a natural catastrophe, with an extraordinary event. On the other hand, those who are less accustomed to assuming these tasks tend to shout, when faced with a death like Giulia’s, that action must be taken immediately because there is an emergency. But unfortunately it is not. “It is a structural phenomenon,” adds Costantino, for whom not intervening in prevention “is a missed opportunity” at a time when there is so much sensitivity and indignation in society.
The furthest that the current Government led by the far-right Giorgia Meloni has gone has been a plan for “education for relationships”, presented this Wednesday by the Minister of Education, Giuseppe Valditara, and which foresees that, on a voluntary basis, Schools can organize debates on these topics, as long as they have parental consent. A plan that began to take shape in September and that has been involved in controversies. The ministry had entrusted it to an advisor, Alessandro Amadori, author of a book titled The War Between the Sexes, in which he frames sexist violence in a generic “evil.” “But then, speaking of evil and evil, should we focus only on men? And women? Are they also evil? Our answer is ‘yes’, that women can also be evil, more than we think” , reads one of the passages from the book cited by the Italian press.
“If Amadori was really the coordinator of the plan, as it has appeared in the press,” says Costantino, “it would be something serious, especially coming from those who say that emotional education cannot be done in schools because of not ideologizing young people. an alleged gender ideology.”