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I Don't Deserve to be Raped in Brazil

Updated on April 5, 2014
The photo that started the change in Brazil.
The photo that started the change in Brazil.
Facebook was inundated with similar photos.
Facebook was inundated with similar photos.
Nothing like police keeping things safe on the beach.
Nothing like police keeping things safe on the beach.

When 28-year old, Nana Queiroz, took a photo of her topless with, "I don't want to be raped" written on her body went viral throughout this seemingly sexed crazy country, it polarized the nation from the conservatives and liberals.

Face it, of all countries, Brazil is most known for the bikinis and thong swimsuits all over the Rio beaches. Some barely covering up the private parts. I suppose the second most important thing in the country is its world class soccer team in the FIFA World Cup coming up.

Ms. Queiroz took the photo after the government reported that in a national poll, 65% of the respondents indicated that if a woman shows too much of their bodies they deserve to be attacked in some sexual assault. Angered by this poll, she went to the front of the Congress building in Brasilia, took off her top, and posed for the photo. It was revolutionary!

After going viral with 60,000 Facebook followers, she has become a national heroine for all Brazilian women and met with the president, Dilma Rousseff. the countries first female leader. In reality, the poll that was published was in error, only 26% thought a woman who shows too much of their body in public deserved to be sexually assaulted. That made no difference, After the photo went viral the government leaders brought the issue into serious discussion and Brazil now has a anti-rape ad campaign.

Twitter, using the hashtag #IDoNotDeserveToBeRaped, has been used to rapidly spread the discussion and debate. Many women in Brazil feel like second citizens when compared to men. Women there earn 70% of men's salaries are are frequently treated like sexual objects especially on the beaches.

What is most ironic is that, 66.5% of the surveyed pool were in fact, women! The institute interviewed a sample of 3,810 Brazilians via a questionnaire across 212 cities.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 3 years ago

      Good point, MG.

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      Consolacion Miravite 3 years ago from Philippines

      That is real sad since Brazil is known for its skimpily clad women in the beaches and everywhere. It is one country where dressing up or down do not get overblown. Now, these same women are being rape. Awful! Good the Brazilian government was fast in reacting to this incident.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Brazil is a lovely place and I went once from Cuba. Great experience, rape is part of it I suppose for a woman. frankly sex is so easyin Brazil perrya why rape?