No matter how beautiful and perfect things are. There is always a dark side to everything. And no one has a clean slate. So here we are talking about countries that have many unpleasant secrets. It is always unpleasant to talk about them, but the recognition of these unattractive facts is the first step toward solving problems.
During the Franco regime, single mothers were told that their newborn babies were dead. But the truth was that they were actually given to a married couple. Many years later, the graves of many of these dead babies were found to be empty. This was done with the absolute cooperation of the Catholic Church. Also, let us tell you that Spain ranks second after Cambodia in missing person cases that have never been solved. The country even has a government website dedicated to finding mass graves.
For a long time in Italy, a rapist could marry his victim to avoid prosecution. Women were pressured into agreeing to marriage in order to avoid public stigma. Franca Viola in 1948 became the first woman to refuse to marry her rapist, but the practice was only abolished by law in 1981
In Turkey, violence against women is very common. If something happens the first thing anyone who learns about the rape asks is: what was she wearing? what is she doing there so late? In other words, blaming the victims of violence in the country is thriving.
Forced sterilization of mentally retarded people was common until the early 2000s. Since 2001, there has been a law requiring consent, but many suspects that forced sterilization is still practiced in the country.
Portugal has a huge problem with domestic violence, including murders of women and child abuse. Strict Catholic patriarchy reigned here until 1974, so it still hangs in the older generations. Most offenders receive lenient sentences because many courts still have judges of the old school.
Lithuania is in the first place in the world ranking of suicides. One in 4,000 Lithuanians ends up taking their own lives in this country.
A few years ago, there was a scandal with a pediatrician who was performing extremely painful medical experiments on the children he was supposed to treat. For example, he attached a metal rod to a child’s back and inserted screws into his spine to “fix” scoliosis or something similar. He experimented with bones that he thought didn’t grow properly. He mainly targeted poor families or families with children with rare diseases because he believed they will not be able to question his methods.
Sweden use to treat the indigenous Sámi in northern Sweden as second-class citizens. Back in the 1970s, Sami children were forcibly taken from their Sami parents. And were adopted by Swedish parents to “make them Swedish”.