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Italy priest says women bring domestic violence on themselves

Published on Dec 27, 2012 11:57 PM

ROME, (AFP) - A Catholic priest has sparked outrage in Italy by claiming that women bring domestic violence on themselves by dressing provocatively and neglecting housework, Italian media reported on Thursday.

"How often do we see girls and mature women going around scantily dressed and in provocative clothes?" Piero Corsi said in a Christmas message posted on the door of his church in the small town of San Terenzio in northwest Italy.

"They provoke the worst instincts, which end in violence or sexual abuse.

"They should search their consciences and ask: did we bring this on ourselves?" it read.

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