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Skin-baring gals OK to rape: poll

AFP-JIJI

In Brazil, the land of minibikinis 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 survey, about 2,480 — 65 percent — justified raping women who wear “clothing that shows off the body.” And 58.5 percent of respondents also agreed that “if women knew how to behave, there would be fewer rapes.”

Brazilian women — and some men — 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.” About 20,000 women simultaneously posted their photographs online.