A Brazilian journalist who organised an online protest voicing dismay at the results of a study on the attitudes of Brazilians towards rape and violence against women has received numerous messages from men threatening to rape her.
Nana Queiroz, 28, received the threats after her online protest Eu Não Mereço Ser Estuprada (“I don’t deserve to be raped”) went viral on Friday 29 March.
On Thursday a study by the IPEA revealed the attitudes of over 3,800 Brazilians across Brazil towards sexual harassment, rape and violence against women.
Shockingly, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed as part of the study agreed – totally on in part – with the statement “Women who used clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked” and 58.5% agreed at least to some extent that, “If women knew how to behave, there would be fewer rapes”.
Queiroz, a journalist who lives in the Brazilian capital, Brasília, posed naked on the city’s main Ministerial Esplanade, with Congress in the background and the protest’s slogan written on her arms to kick-start the online campaign.
By Saturday morning nearly 23,000 people had joined the Facebook campaign, with many individual woman and groups posting protests photos, some including men.
However, a number of people – some apparently using fake accounts – also posted pictures and comments in an attempt to discredit the campaign, and Queiroz says she has received numerous offensive messages, including from men threatening to rape her.
“I woke up after a bad night’s sleep […] to the sound of Facebook notifications,” she wrote on UOL’s Blog do Sakamoto.
“Since the online protest began on Friday, at 8pm, I’ve received innumerable offensive comments. Men have written to me saying that they would rape me if they met me on the street.”
Other shocking comments insinuated that Queiroz needed to do more housework or simply needed a “well-endowed black man”.
“If I ever doubted the truth behind the IPEA survey […] today I believe it completely,” Queiroz quipped.
The protest organiser said she would go to the police over the comments, particularly over one man who publicly posted a photo with the message: “I’ve already raped and would rape again”.
She said she hoped he would be arrested and charged with “inciting rape”.
President Rousseff took to Twitter on Friday to say that Brazil as a society had “a long way to go on combatting violence against women”.
A second study by IPEA revealed that some 527,000 sexual assaults happen in Brazil every year, but only around 10% of those are reported to police.