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WorldBrazil: Sexual and physical violence against women on the rise

17:00  11 september  2019
17:00  11 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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In Brazil , four girls under 13 are raped every hour and every two minutes police receive a report of violence against women .

While sexual violence can be directed against both men and women , the main focus of this chapter will be on the various forms of sexual violence against women , as well as those directed against young girls by people other than caregivers. How is sexual violence defined?

In Brazil, four girls under 13 are raped every hour and every two minutes police receive a report of violence against women.

Brazil: Sexual and physical violence against women on the rise© Leo Correa/AFP/Getty Images Women wear pink masks protesting violence against women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 28, 2017.

Those are just two of the findings from a new study released Tuesday by non-governmental organization Brazilian Forum of Public Security, which found that violence against women and girls is worsening in the country.

Brazil -- which is home to over 200 million people -- is already among the most dangerous places on earth to be female.

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Violence against women ( VAW ), also known as gender-based violence and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), are violent acts primarily or exclusively committed against women or girls.

Together with “ sexual violence ” and “ violence against women ”, ”gender-based violence ” is used interchangeably. This does not mean that all acts Violence against women is defined by the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women , adopted by the General Assembly on 20

The report found that femicides -- when a woman is murdered for being a woman -- increased by 4% last year on the previous year, even as the national homicide rate fell 10.8%. In 88% of those cases, the perpetrator was the woman's partner or former partner.

Over 263,000 women suffered serious injuries at the hands of their partner, according to the study, which was based on governmental data.

The country also saw the largest ever number of reported rapes, and almost 54% of the victims were girls under 13 years old.

A dangerous place for women

Violence against women is a problem that Brazil has been facing for some time.

"Brazil is still one of the most dangerous places in the world for women," Valeria Scarance, a public prosecutor, told Brazilian newspaper Globo's Jornal Nacional show on Tuesday. "And the most dangerous place for a woman is her own home."

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35%of women worldwide experience either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. >50%of physically abused women reported that they had never sought help from formal services or authority figures.

Evidence shows that women who have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence report higher rates of depression, having an abortion and acquiring HIV, compared to women who have not [1]. Availability of data on violence against women has increased significantly in recent years.

A 2015 study found that Brazil had the fifth highest rate of female homicides in the world.

According to non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), domestic violence remains widespread. But not enough is being done, according to HRW. Each year, thousands of cases are not properly investigated, and in 2017, 23 shelters for victims of domestic violence were closed in Brazil due to budget cuts.

Federal Judge Ben-Hur Viza said that domestic violence persists because it remains culturally acceptable. "It's something that happens behind the walls, inside the house," he said in a documentary about femicide that was released last year.

Some fear the situation may only get worse under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been in office since the start of this year, and who has made openly misogynistic comments.

Bolsonaro once told a congresswoman that she did not deserve to be raped because she was "very ugly," Brazil's TV Globo reported.

Brazil: Sexual and physical violence against women on the rise© Mario Tama/Getty Images Images of models portraying women who have been abused at a demonstration opposing violence against women on Copacabana beach in 2016.
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