Brazilian police have reportedly arrested a first suspect out of the 33 men who allegedly gang-raped a 16-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro. Initial reports put the total number at 3o men.
Hundreds of Brazilians protest in front of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro on 27 May 2016.
At least 70 military police officers launched an offensive against the crime suspects following a nationwide protest for women’s rights. Four of the primary suspects are said to be hiding in a slum located in the west of Rio De Janeiro.
The first suspect whose name has been kept confidential is currently under investigations while search continues.
The victim, in a brief statement told O’Globo newspaper, “It’s the stigma that hurts me the most. It is as if people are saying: ‘It’s her fault. She was using scanty clothes’. I want people to know that it is not the woman’s fault. You can’t blame a robbery victim for being robbed,” as translated by New York Times.
Protests have continued in Sao Paulo, as demonstrators chant slogans and show placards with messages saying, “My body is not yours” and “I like to wear necklines, that’s not an invitation to rape me.”
Justice Minister Alexandre de Morais said in a press conference, “Those who committed this heinous crime will be found, will be imprisoned and condemned.”