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Gang Rape Shocks Brazilians

28 de maio, 2016

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Publicado originalmente por NPR, em 28 de maio de 2016.


Now to Brazil and a horrifying story that shocked the country. This is where we need to tell you that this is a story that some listeners may find disturbing. It involves a brutal gang rape in the city that will be hosting the Summer Olympics. The girl, a minor, was apparently drugged and then allegedly assaulted by more than 30 men, some of whom posted graphic video on social media. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro joins us from the city where this happened, Rio de Janeiro, and she’s with us now. Lulu, thanks for joining us.


MARTIN: So how did this terrible story come to light?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: It is a terrible story. The girl – she’s 16, and according to police she went to see her boyfriend one night. The next thing she knew, she woke up the following morning surrounded by a group of armed men. She was disoriented. She was in pain. She went home.

And then a few days later, a video surfaced on social media. The men who allegedly took part in the crime were seen in this video posing next to this brutalized girl. They were boasting about the gang rape in the most, you know, vile and crude way. And what was really additionally horrifying to many people here in Brazil is how it got shared on social media over and over again and how many people actually liked the video on Twitter.

MARTIN: What’s been the reaction after that? I mean, you heard the initial answer was actually disgusting, you know, with people, you know, boasting about this. What happened next?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah, you know, Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world. And violence against women is very common here. Just to put this in perspective, a rape occurs every 12 minutes it’s estimated here. But I think this has really shaken many Brazilians, and it kick-started a huge debate about what is being called the rape culture.

The fact that the men who did this posted the video of the assaulted girl, boasting about what happened, that they seem to see nothing wrong with what they’d allegedly done, the feeling of impunity that they displayed, that was very sobering to many people. And that also created a firestorm.

And we’ve seen now many, many protests demanding change in recent days, a very vigorous discussion from the highest levels of government about what this gang rape says about Brazilian society and its attitude towards women.

MARTIN: Have we heard from the young woman herself?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yes, we have. Today, there was an incredibly moving interview. In it she described how the men had insulted her, she was violated. And she said this quote – she said, “I feel like garbage. It feels like when people are looking at me, they’re seeing a piece of trash. The stigma,” she says, “is what really hurts. It’s as if they’re saying it’s my fault. Oh, she was wearing a short skirt. Oh, she was the one who went to that part of town. I saw what people have been saying on Facebook,” she told the Global News Network here. And her family says that they are considering leaving Rio de Janeiro in the wake of this.

MARTIN: What is being done about I mean, are any of these men being prosecuted? Have any of them been apprehended? What’s happening?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah, today we’ve seen the police make at least one arrest in the neighborhood where the rape allegedly occurred. This is in a very poor and violent part of Rio de Janeiro. They went in in force, you know, with helicopters. There was a brief firefight. It’s a place that traditionally has a lot of armed groups operating.

And the interim president has announced that the government is going to set up a national task force to deal with sexual violence. He’s going to be having an emergency meeting next week to discuss crimes against women. You know, I think Brazil is looking at itself in the mirror, and it’s grappling with what it’s seeing.

MARTIN: That’s NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, with us from Rio de Janeiro. Lulu, thank you so much for speaking with us.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You’re welcome.

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Outcry Follows Gang Rape In Brazil, Raising Alarms About Sexual Violence

A 16-year-old girl has reportedly been raped by at least 30 men in Rio de Janeiro. Last weekend’s incident gained attention after a video began circulating online.

“The clip showed an undressed, unconscious woman lying on a bare mattress,” Latin America News Dispatch reports. “She was being filmed by two men, both fully dressed, who took turns manhandling and mocking her.”

No one has been arrested, police said on Friday, according to CNN, though officials said four people had been identified — “including one man who appeared in the video, the girl’s boyfriend and two people who were heard on the video.”

The BBC says activists are calling for protests and have started an online campaign against “a culture of rape” in the country.

Images of the alleged attack on social media “racked up more than 550 likes and a deluge of replies with smiley faces and thumbs-up,” The Globe and Mail reports. “Commenters using vulgar language celebrated the damage apparently inflicted on the girl’s genitalia and said she had no doubt ‘been asking for it.’ ”

Vanessa Dios, a researcher at the Brasília-based feminist institute Anis, told the Latin America News Dispatch:

“The day-to-day culture of codifying women’s bodies persists in Brazil. They are constantly given signals to what constitutes acceptable behavior. Among men, the notion that they are allowed to touch and grab women without permission endures.”
Brazil’s interim president said he would work with police to better address violence against women, the CBC says. The Canadian broadcaster notes that Michel Temer was criticized for not including women or black Brazilians in his recently formed cabinet.

The Globe and Mail reports on other actions that members of the government have been criticized for:

“Hours before news of this case broke, the Brazilian Education Minister Mendonca Filho held a high-profile meeting with Alexandre Frota, an actor and reality television star who has repeatedly said he would have no qualms about having sex with a woman who did not consent.
“Late last year, Jair Bolsonaro, a member of the lower house of Congress, was ordered by a court to pay the equivalent of $3,500 in damages to Maria do Rosario, another member, after he said during a debate in the house, ‘I wouldn’t even rape you because you don’t deserve it.’ ”
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