Brazil: mass rape video gets viral

18:34 May 27 2016 Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Rio de Janeiro, a video showing mass rape of a 17 year-old girl got viral in social networks and produced a country -wide scandal.

“When I woke up, there were 30 guys or so on me,” says a 17-year-old girl who was the victim of a gang rape perpetrated by 33 men. “I just want to go home,” she said, after doctors examined her, and administrated a series of medications to prevent her from contracting sexually-transmitted diseases. The rapes occurred in the Western part of Rio de Janeiro on May 20, but the girl was only found five days later in the city’s center. Her identity is being withheld, for obvious reasons.

The gang rape itself is shocking enough, but what followed is also beyond repulsive. The rapists filmed the action and shared videos and photos of it on social media. The footage shows the teen naked and unconscious, and it is possible to hear male voices mocking her. One says: “With more than 30, [she got] pregnant.”

The person who broke this piece of news is a man using the Twitter account @michelbrazil7. He wrote that “they crushed the chick,” and “made a tunnel out of her, more than 30.” It went viral, with hundreds of men adding on @michelbrazil7’s sexist remarks and joking about it. Some said that she had drank prior to it and must have had it coming.

Fortunately, it also drew outrage from social media users, as the Rio’s State Prosecution Office received over 800 messages denouncing what happened. Since then, @michelbrazil7’s Twitter account was closed and the man behind it was already identified by the police – as was another man who published the video. Publishing rape scenes is a crime, and they will go to jail regardless of their participation in the actual rape. If proven so, then they will respond to this charge, too.
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