Brazilian women take it all off to raise awareness about rape

rapeLast week I told you about the #Cockinasock cancer awareness campaign men are following on Instagram. I knew once that blew up that another organization would be influenced and probably strip down too. This time Brazilian women have taken to Facebook and Instagram to support an anti-rape campaign using the hashtag #NãoMereçoSerEstuprada which translates to #IDon'tDeserveToBeRaped.

The women are going toplesson social media and holding up signs in front of their chests that read the viral hashtag. This came about after a study showed staggering evidence that men STILL believe a woman deserves to be raped if she dresses provocatively.


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Research states that 61.5 percent of Brazilians believe that if a woman dresses provocatively that she is asking to be raped. If that wasn't bad enough, 58.5 percent of people blame women if they get raped and believe that if she knew how to behave that there would be less rape cases. Unbelievable!

The shocking data comes from Brazil's Institute For Applied Economic Research which was conducted between May and June or last year. The even bigger shocker is that of the 3,810 Brazilians surveyed, 66.5 percent of them who felt this way were women!

This outraged other Brazilians and influenced journalist, Nana Queiroz to start the #NãoMereçoSerEstuprada movement. Women gathered together via social media by posting topless photos of themselves holding up signs reading said hashtag. Being topless wasn't obligatory, because the message intended to get across was that we can do what we want with our bodies without anyone elses approval.

It's unbelievable to me that people STILL place the blame on women if they get raped. That is such an outdated way of thinking and no woman should have to accept unwanted advances. People forget that if a woman says "No" to a guy, that he HAS to respect her wishes. If he violates that and makes her have sex against her will, the rape by no means should be pinned on her. Studies like this one remind me how oppressed women still are and makes me wish the goverment placed harsher penalties towards rapists.

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Topics: abuse  rape  sexual assault  sexual abuse