A report released by the NGO Brazilian Forum on Public Security (FBSP) this Tuesday (26) points out that 27.4% of women have suffered some violence or gender aggression in Brazil in the last 12 months.
The report entitled “Visible and Invisible: The Victimization of Women in Brazil” was commissioned by FBSP and presents data collected by the Datafolha Institute. The survey was conducted with 2,084 people in 130 municipalities in the country, on February 04 and 05, 2019.
“The data indicates that the number of women who are victims of violence every day is very high, and that more than half do not seek any kind of help from the government, family or friends,” said FBSP’s executive director Samira Bueno, in a statement released to the press.
The numbers of women who do not report violence continue to be equal to those reported in 2016. 52% of the victims did nothing after suffering some kind of violence, while 10.3% sought a women’s police station and 8% sought a common police station.
Young women report higher levels of victimization, with 42.6% of women aged 16 to 24 claim to have suffered violence in the past 12 months. Black women also have higher rates of violence than white and brown women.
The study also reported results on women harassment in public spaces. In Carnival season, it is relevant that 66% of women aged 16 to 24 suffered some type of harassment in the last year. 15% of respondents in this age group were approached in aggressive ways during ballads with physical contact, while 10% of the women were grabbed or kissed without their consent.
Brazil has a set of laws for the protection of women and punishment of crimes, such as the Maria da Penha Law. However, the country is the fifth country in the world in numbers of femicides, according to data released by FLACSO Brazil and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015.
Original photo by: Lívia Spencer