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Brazilians say women in revealing clothes deserve rape: Poll

Published on Mar 30, 2014 6:35 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - In Brazil, the land of mini bikinis and voluptuous carnival dancers, most people say a woman who shows off her body deserves to be raped, according to a poll that has triggered outrage.

Of the 3,810 respondents of both sexes who responded to the government's Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) survey released this week, about 2,480 - 65 per cent - justified raping women who wear "clothing that shows off the body". And 58.5 per cent of respondents also agreed that "if women knew how to behave, there would be fewer rapes". Most of the May-June poll's respondents - 66.5 per cent - were women.

Brazilian women - and some men, too - promptly reacted angrily on blogs and social media to the study's findings.

Journalist Nana Queiroz launched an online protest event on Facebook that invited women to take pictures of themselves topless while covering their breasts accompanied with the phrase: "I don't deserve to be raped".

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