Brazil’s Copacabana beach has been scattered with underwear to represent the number of women raped every 72 hours in Brazil....420. Let that number sink in.
The demonstration appeared on the popular Rio de Janeiro beach on Monday, along with huge photos of models portraying women who suffer abuse.
Organised by Brazilian NGO Rio de Paz, the photos themed “I’ll Never Be Silent” were taken by photographer Marcio Freaitas.
The organisation are calling for an end to rape and violence against women just weeks after the gang rape of a 16-year-old shook Brazil.
Images of a teenager, who was reportedly gang raped by 30 men, were distributed on social media last month, sparking protests and hashtags against rape online. It ignited mass street protests in major Brazilian cities countrywide calling for an end to their sexually violent culture.
Bringing attention to the gang rape brought attention to the endemic problem of violence against women present in Brazil.
“We can’t tolerate the abuse against women,” Rio de Paz wrote on Facebook, “[We're] giving voice to the voiceless.”
The NGO operates independently on social projects in poorer communities throughout Brazil. Their aim is to, “act as a spokesperson for a portion of society that has no power to claim their rights,” the website says, and to “encourage civil society to fight against the violation of human rights.”
Brazilian media reports that most sexual violence cases in the country aren’t investigated. While there are close to 50,000 incidents registered each year, Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) estimates the country has more than 500,000 cases in total.
The campaign to end rape and violence against women continues to rise up with a powerful and united voice by telling the world, “I’ll Never Be Silent.”