Legal Abortions in Brazil’s Specialized Hospitals Rise in Pandemic, Exposing Sexual Violence

Reports of rape decrease, but reflect difficulty in seeking help rather than a drop in abuse cases, point out researchers. Health professionals report an increase in cases of advanced pregnancy among the youngest victims.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In addition to triggering a global health crisis, the novel coronavirus pandemic has deepened gender-based violence in many parts of the world. In Brazil, social isolation imposed by quarantine has resulted in a 40 percent increase in cases of violence against women, according to the Brazilian Forum of Public Safety.

The figure also includes a higher number of cases of sexual violence, which is reflected in the health service records that attend to victims of this crime and Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?