Brazil registers 8 rapes per hour, most of them against children

Brazil registered the record number of more than eight rapes per hour on average last year, 61.4% committed against children under 14 years of age, according to a report published yesterday by an NGO.

The Brazilian Public Security Forum counted 74,930 violations in 2022, an increase of 8.2% from 2021. In more than one in ten cases (10.4%) the victims were under 4 years of age.

The data was collected from official documents, including police bulletins.

More than two thirds of the rapes (68.3%) were committed in the homes of the victims. And most of the victims from 0 to 13 years old were raped by acquaintances (86.1%) or members of their family (64.4 percent).

Almost a quarter (24.3%) of the rapes of people 14 years and older were committed by an ex-partner or someone they were in a relationship with at the time of the assault.

During the covid-19 pandemic, schools were closed for a long time and victims were confined with their attackers. With the reopening of schools, the number of complaints increased,” explained Juliana Martins, institutional coordinator of the Brazilian Public Safety Forum.

A large number of violations go unreported, so it is very possible that the situation is worse” to the annual report, Martins warned.

The specialist stressed “the fundamental role of schools in denouncing the rapes of minors.”

The NGO’s report also identified 1,437 femicides, an increase of 6.1% over the previous year, and 245,713 cases of domestic violence (+2.9 percent).

Total homicides, on the other hand, decreased slightly (-2.4%), for a total of 47,508.

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This figure has decreased steadily from the record of 64,078 homicides registered in 2017.

With information from AFP.

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