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The answer to the question “If women knew how to behave, there would be less rape: agree or disagree?” seems painfully obvious, but in a world dominated in part by victim-blaming and rampant rape culture, a tragic number or global citizens are inclined to select “agree.” A recent survey by the Institute of Applied Economic Research in Brazil revealed that 58.5% percent of those interviewed (both male and female) agreed with the aforementioned statement; a shocking 65.1% agreed that if a woman is dressed “provocatively,” she “deserve[s] to be attacked and raped.” 

 

 

In the face of this shocking ignorance and excused violence, the journalist Nana Queroz took a stand by publishing an image of herself nude, the words “Nao Mereço Ser Estrupada” painted on her arms in black marker, launching the hashtag #EuNaoMereçoSerEstrupada (or #IDontDeserveToBeRaped). Within hours, tens of thousands of Brazilian women had joined the cause, sharing photos of themselves bearing the same words and creating powerful illustrations. 

 

 

Take a look at the powerful images below. We are so grateful to these women and men for helping to correct the violent, backwards thinking of rape culture; their images and words are a moving reminder that though we have a long way to go, we are never alone. 

 

 

Thanks to AdWeek and Elle

Images via AdWeek and Elle

 

 

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