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Women: reflections on sexual violence (OV Portuguese)

Women: reflections on sexual violence (OV Portuguese)

The patriarchal and machoist culture reverses responsibility and places the victim in a situation of guilt, humiliation and disgrace, resulting in silence. Power inequity between genders is one of the bases to maintain and for the historical persistence of sexual violence. An unprecedented movement in Brazil emerged in 2014 on social media networks, with statements such as “I don’t deserve to be raped” after a nationwide survey found that 26% of Brazilians agreed that “women who wear clothes that show their bodies deserve to be attacked”.

On the other hand, the machoist behavior of young people reveals that 78% of girls have experienced harassment in a public place; 51% of them have been forced to give their partner their cell phone passwords; and 46% have provided their Facebook passwords (Avon Institute and Data Popular, 2014). There is a new feminism: several Brazilian singers speaking about woman power, the right to freedom with one’s own body, and the SlutWalk.

Thinking about Brazilian reality, women must urgently empower themselves with their values and lives. New parents must be less sexist in their children’s education, which includes daughters with higher self-worth and less submissiveness. Health professionals should update themselves about protection mechanisms and the treatment of several forms of violence.