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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to a new survey from the Brazilian Public Security Forum, more than sixteen million women, comprising some 27 percent of the Brazilian population, have suffered some type of physical violence during the past year. This amounts to some five hundred women subjected to violence per hour across the country.

An accompanying survey from Datafolha showed that among the female victims of violence in Brazil, more than half (52 percent) stated that they did not seek help after the violent incidents occurred.

Some twenty percent revealed they contacted local law enforcement . . .

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