Rio’s Copacabana Beach Dotted with Underwear & Poster Photos to Protest Violence Against Women
Officially, 50,000 rapes were recorded in Brazil in 2014, but experts believe that the crime is grossly underreported. Up to 500,000 cases of sexual violence may be taking place in the country every year, according to Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research, or IPEA.
“We can’t tolerate abuse against women,” Rio de Paz, the NGO behind the Copacabana beach protest, posted on Facebook. The organization laid out 420 pairs of underwear because that’s the number of women who are raped every three days in Brazil, according to the pan-Latin American television network Telesur.
The beach protest also featured large close-up photo posters of 20 models posing as victims of violence. Marked by red handprints that appear to be covering their mouths, the women’s faces express fear, pain and defiance. The images are part of a project by photographer Marcio Freitas titled “I Will Never Be Silent.”