Brazil outraged over video of 30 men gang-raping girl

2016-05-28 16:35

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Rio de Janeiro - Brazilian police on Friday were investigating the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers boasted about it by posting an online video that has horrified the country.

Online social networks erupted with outrage over the video posted on Wednesday featuring the girl naked on a bed and the apparent rapists bragging that she had been raped by more than 30 men.

They are suspected of assaulting her on May 21 in Rio de Janeiro, a city stricken by violent crime and which will host the Olympic Games in August.

The authorities have promised to bring the men to justice.

"Those who committed this heinous crime will be found, will be imprisoned and condemned," Justice Minister Alexandre de Morais told a news conference in Rio Friday night.

Police have identified four of the men suspected of taking a "direct or indirect" part in the rape or the posting of the video, Rio police chief Fernando Veloso told reporters.

"We cannot say whether there were 30 attackers, 33 or 36. The investigations will determine that," he said.

Outrage

Brazil's acting president Michel Temer and other senior figures reacted with outrage.

"I condemn most forcefully the rape of the teenager in Rio de Janeiro," he wrote on Twitter.

"It is absurd that in the 21st century we should have to live with barbaric crimes such as this."

The authorities are working "to find those responsible and rigorously punish the authors of this rape and the publishing of this criminal act on social networks," he said.

Brazil's 'culture of rape'

The UN women's rights agency condemned the case along with another recent alleged gang-rape of a 17-year-old girl in the northeastern state of Piaui.

"Apart from the fact that these are young women, these barbaric cases are similar in that the teenagers were lured by their attackers in premeditated plots," UN Women in Brazil spokesperson Nadine Gasman said on Thursday.

"They were violently attacked in a context of illegal drug use."

Brazilian police recorded a sexual assault in the country every 11 minutes in 2014, the Brazilian non-governmental organization Public Safety Forum said in a study, estimating that half a million such assaults take place overall each year.

"This case is not unusual," said Luise Bello, spokesperson for women's rights group Think Olga, of the Rio gang-rape.

"The culture of rape is very strong in Brazil. It is part of our daily life, although people deny it."

New measure to stop violence

Top officials were meeting to discuss new measures to stop violence against women, Temer said.

He took over as interim president earlier this month from suspended leftist leader Dilma Rousseff, who faces an impeachment trial for allegedly fiddling government accounts.

Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, also expressed outrage over the Rio case.

"Once more I reiterate my condemnation of violence against women," she wrote on Facebook.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Rio on Friday night waving signs saying "Machismo Kills" and "No means no."

In Sao Paulo, protesters erected a mural with messages including "My body is not yours," and "I like to wear necklines, that's not an invitation to rape me."

Read more on:    brazil  |  crime  |  social media  |  gender violence

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.