Too 'ugly' to rape: Brazil lawmaker comment sparks fury

Brazilian Special Secretary for Human Rights Maria do Rosario speaks during a press conference in Brasilia, on May 21, 2012Brasília (AFP) – A debate about sexual violence in Brazil sparked by a lawmaker’s comments on the floor of Congress has spread beyond government chambers, triggering a national debate about rape and sexism in the South American nation. “Stay here Maria do Rosario!” he yelled during a parliamentary session on December 9, the eve of International Human Rights Day. “It’s been several days since you called me a rapist, and I said that I did not rape you because you weren’t worth it,” the 59-year-old retired soldier yelled at Rosario Nunes. His comments have sparked national fury in Brazil, a traditionally male-dominated society where 137 sexual assaults are reported daily.

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