Brazil’s Senate Passes Stricter Sentences for Sexual Assaults

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A week after two gang rapes, one in Rio de Janeiro and another in Piaui, shocked the nation, Brazil’s Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would render stiffer sentences to those who participate in gang rapes in the country. The bill, if passed, could increase prison sentences for rapes by up to two thirds.

“The number of perpetrators matter, since in addition to the explicit cowardice and lack of compassion there is even more physical and moral suffering, fear and humiliation for the victim,” argued Senator Simone Tebet . . .

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