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"RIO DE JANEIRO — The attacks have stunned this city. In one,
an assailant held a gun to the head of a 30-year-old woman while raping her in
front of passengers on a bus as the driver proceeded down a main avenue. In
another, a 14-year-old girl from a hillside slum was raped on one of Rio’s most
famous stretches of beach.
A women's-only subway car in Rio de Janeiro. A wave of rapes
in Brazil has cast a spotlight on the conflicted attitudes toward women in the
One woman was raped in front of passengers on a public bus
that traveled along a main road in Rio. Other sexual assaults have occurred on
smaller private vans that are common in the city.
In yet another case, men abducted and raped a working-class
woman in a transit van as it wended through densely populated areas. The police
failed to investigate, and a week later the same men raped a 21-year-old
American student in the same van, pummeling her face and beating her male
companion with a metal bar.
“Unfortunately, it had to happen to her before anyone would
help me,” said the Brazilian woman raped in the transit van. “I was like,
‘Could this have been avoided if they had paid attention to my case?’ ”
A recent wave of rapes in Rio — some captured on video
cameras — have cast a spotlight on the unresolved contradictions of a nation
that is coming of age as a world power. Brazil has a woman as president, a
woman as a powerful police commander and a woman as the head of its national oil
company — and yet, it was not until an American was raped that the authorities
got fully involved and arrested suspects in the case.
In some ways, Brazil’s experience echoes recent events in
India and Egypt, where horrific attacks have prompted outrage and soul
searching, revealing deep fissures in each society. In Brazil, it has unleashed
a debate about whether the authorities are more concerned about defending the
privileged and Rio’s international image than about protecting women at large.
In India, the recent death of a student, who was gang-raped
as her male companion was beaten on a bus under similar circumstances, has
highlighted a prevailing view that women, no matter how much progress they
make, are still fair game, unprotected by an ineffectual government..."