‘I am waiting for the justice of God’: Brazil gang rape victim speaks out
A Brazilian teenage girl who was gang raped in Rio de Janeiro has spoken on television about the attack
A Brazilian teenage girl who was gang raped in Rio de Janeiro has spoken on television about the attack.
The gang rape of the 16-year-old girl - by what she says 33 men - was filmed and posted online by one of the rapists.
The 38-second video, which went viral after it was posted on Twitter, showed the victim naked and unconscious while male voices bragged about people having sex with her.
“They robbed me. They robbed me but not of any material property but of physical property,” she said in a recorded TV interview with a local channel, in the presence of her attorney.
In the interview, she described her ordeal.
“I fell asleep and woke up in a different place with a man underneath me, another one on top and two other holding my hands and several people laughing at me. Also, I was drugged and confused.”
During the interview, the girls face was hidden as she recounted what she remembered from the attack and the mix of humiliation and support that she received since the video surfaced online.
“There were many people armed and many boys laughing and talking,” she said, explaining that adults and young boys were present.
Rio police have said they are trying to identify at least 30 people involved in the incident, yet no arrests have been made so far.
“If I have to wait for the justice system, they’ve already shown that nothing is going to happen,” she said, “I am waiting for the justice of God.”
The case has shocked Brazil, sparking a backlash on social media and protests in support of women’s rights.