The good doctor Josep María Campistol, general director of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, says that our society is sick. He says this when verifying the spectacular increase in victims of sexual assaults that have been treated at his center: 51% more so far this year compared to 2021 and 29% more than in 2019, before the pandemic. This increase proves the doctor completely right, but it would be necessary to assess to what extent the fact that assaulted women are losing their fear of denouncing the violence to which they are subjected influences these statistics.
The traditional role of women, subjected to the dictatorship of men, is not the archetype of our society today. At least the western one. The wife, forced to have sexual relations with her husband, by right of seigneur, is something happily overcome, but not as far removed from our lives as we might suppose. In our world today, gender violence is denigrated and combated, and this helps people who suffer from it to be more encouraged to take a step that a few years ago cost much more. The police now have specialized psychological care units to meet these demands. Digitization also helps to facilitate complaints without the risk of being discovered by the attacker. The medical services are also sensitive to this problem and the corresponding protocols are activated when the existence of this ill-treatment is suspected. And then there is the cultural influence of the media. Surely the message of Lisbeth Salander, the protagonist of the saga The men who did not love women, the best seller by Stig Larsson, has contributed to the general awareness of the problem. That is why today we have to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and that it is not just another isolated event. The testimonies collected by Cristina Oriol and that we publish today reveal a dramatic reality that is hidden in our daily lives.
Therefore, yes, it is true, if all this gratuitous violence is repeated in our society, we can conclude that it is sick. But each time it will be less so if the fear of denouncing the attacks is cornered. It is the only way.