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March 31, 2014

Brazilian women: 'I do not deserve to be raped'

Viral campaign responds to survey revealing troubling attitudes about sexual assault.
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Photo via Twitter user @camillatequila.

Brazilians protested online after a survey revealed some 65 per cent of the country believes provocatively dressed women deserve to be attacked or raped. Tens of thousands of Brazilians supported the effort on Facebook, and both men and women shared topless photos of themselves with the message #EuNãoMereçoSerEstuprada ("I do not deserve to be raped"). 

The survey results, released Thursday by the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), also showed an estimated 58.5 per cent of Brazilians believe that if women dressed better, there would be fewer rapes. Two thirds of the survey's more than 3,800 respondents were women. 

President Dilma Rousseff responded Friday on Twitter, writing, "The IPEA research shows that Brazilian society has a lot of room for improvement in combating violence against women #Respect". The IPEA estimates that around 527,000 sexual assaults or rapes are carried out in Brazil every year, with only 10 per cent being reported.

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