Women De­nounce Rape in Brazil

Herizons - - Nellie Grams -

Women in the Brazil­ian state of Rio de Janeiro took to the streets in droves in May to protest the gang rape of a 16-year-old af­ter im­ages of her naked and un­con­scious body were widely shared on so­cial me­dia by more than 30 men.

Among those con­sid­ered sus­pects in the as­saults are a for­mer TV cam­era op­er­a­tor, a foot­ball player and the son of an evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor. A po­lice re­port said that as many as 33 men, many of whom took selfies of them­selves with the un­con­scious vic­tim, may have sex­u­ally as­saulted the young woman.At the time she was re­port­edly drugged and raped, she had been vis­it­ing her boyfriend, also a sus­pect in the at­tacks.

The vic­tim made pub­lic state­ments de­nounc­ing rape and thank­ing her sup­port­ers.“I thought I’d be judged badly,” she told The Globe and Mail re­porter Stephanie Nolan.“But I wasn’t.” The young woman changed her Face­book pro­file pic­ture to the words: “End Rape Cul­ture.”

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