American Tourist Gang-Raped In Brazil
Less than two months after a group of tourists were viciously gang-raped in the Mexican resort town of Acapulco, an American tourist vacationing in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana neighborhood was beaten and gang raped on a public van for six hours on Saturday night. Police say two men have been taken into custody and one of them allegedly confessed to the attack.
According to the Times, the attackers battered the woman's face and tied up her companion, a French male, then beat him with a metal bar as he witnessed the assault. The incident bears disturbing similarities to the bus gang-rape in India that has galvanized that nation and prompted calls for harsher punishments for rapists, including, potentially, the death penalty. In that case, the young victim died from the severity of her wounds, and has become a symbol of resistance the world over.
Violence against women is a perennial problem in Brazil: in 2010, a government-sponsored study called Map of Violence, found that 10 women are killed daily in domestic violence--harrowing statistics as the city tries to clean up its image ahead of the 2016 Olympics.