Women Denounce Rape in Brazil
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.”