Milan hospital displays X-rays of women attacked by men

A Milan hospital is exhibiting X-rays of women beaten or stabbed by men to highlight gender violence

A Milan hospital is exhibiting X-rays of women attacked by men to highlight what one doctor calls the “daily horror” of violence against women.

The San Carlo Hospital mounted the exhibit in its atrium to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which takes place on Monday.

Patients’ anonymity was respected in putting the five X-rays on display, including one showing the blade of a knife in a woman’s abdomen. Other X-rays show broken limbs.

In augurating the show on Thursday, Dr. Maria Grazia Vantadori, a hospital surgeon and liaison for women suffering violence from husbands, boyfriends, family members or acquaintances, noted that some patients don’t immediately consider themselves domestic violence victims.

But Vantadori said “the injuries speak for themselves and recount the spiral of daily horror.”