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Brazilians Think Women Who Wear Revealing Clothing Deserve Rape, Polls Says

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A government poll in Brazil found the majority of respondents, 66.5 percent of whom were women, believe revealing clothing is a valid justification for rape.

A survey by the government's Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) was released last week showed that 65 percent of its 3,810 respondents justified raping women who wear "clothing that shows off the body.”

More than 58 percent said they believe "if women knew how to behave, there would be fewer rapes."

The majority of those polled – 66.5 percent – were women.

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the poll shows "Brazilian society still has a long way to go.”

"It also shows that the government and society must work together to tackle violence against women inside and outside the home," Rousseff tweeted.

Outraged by the results, some Brazilians took to the Internet to blast the culture of rape.

Journalist Nana Quieroz, 28, launched a Facebook campaign asking women to take photos of themselves topless, covering their breasts with the caption “I don’t deserve to be raped.”

About 20,000 women simultaneously posted their picture on Tumblr at 11 p.m. Friday night.

"The most surprising thing is that it is permissible to walk naked in the Carnival, but not in real life," Queiroz said.

She said she received rape threats over the protest.

Sources: Yahoo!, Sun Daily