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Do Women in Revealing Clothes Deserve Rape? Surveyed Brazilians Say “Yes”



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Do women in revealing clothes deserve rape?

Brazilians were asked this question in a survey conducted by their government’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) survey – and most of the respondents answered “yes.”

According to AFP 3,810 male and female Brazilians took the survey, and approximately 2,480 of them – 65%  – justified raping women who wear  “clothing that shows off the body.” Also, almost 60% of the people who took the survey agreed that “if women knew how to behave, there would be fewer rapes.”

Brazil is a country that is known for its seemingly sexually liberated population, so these answers are shocking. No woman or man deserves to be raped. We hope that people are enlightened enough to understand that. It is shocking that in 2014, some people still think this way!

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  1. simplestarz

    March 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm


    • JACKIE

      March 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

      THEY DONT deserve it, but their dressing seems to suggest they want it* If a woman SHOWS her breast and contours, she may incite some men to be aroused by the sight of those breasts
      and contours… This may bring on a reaction of offense from DECENT MEN, and rape from RAPISTS.

      If you do not want to be robbed, then do not go into a dangerous alley with an expensive handbag, if you know what I mean!

    • Sam

      March 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Ah! I pity you. There is no explanation or justification. So the dogs who raped a woman are a little bit justified because she was wearing a figure hugging short dress or a bikini? Instead of just saying women should dress decently, what do you tell men? There needs to be accountability. A man needs to learn self control. Thats what we should be teaching not the other way round. The same man that rapes an indecently dressed woman may have seen his sister naked at home but did not rape her. It is a mindset we portray that men can get away with it while the woman will be blame. And sadly it is true of our society.

    • SpeakNoEvil

      March 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      I do not understand what you mean and I am sure that no sane person understands what you mean. It is opinions like yours that teach women, in our society, not to be raped instead of teaching men not to rape. A woman’s dressing has no bearing on whether she is attacked because women that are fully covered in burqas are also raped. Even if a woman is stark naked and walking on the street, the burden is on the man to control his urges. I see men jogging shirtless all the time, so do you think I should be “incited” to rape them because they exposed their toned muscles and breast? I read a story about the Prophet Mohammad (SAW). He was walking with his brother and they happened upon an exposed woman, but he did not tell the woman to cover up. instead, he turned his brother’s gaze away. Men should look away/leave/close their eyes.

    • Dee

      March 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Are you kidding me? What about men that rape kids? Are the children asking for it and wanting it like you’ve suggested? Please educate yourself

    • Robert

      March 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      This is the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard in my life. So, if you drive a Porsche and I drive a Hyundai and I steal your Porsche, its your fault for driving it. The dress seems to suggest nothing. Who wishes to be raped? Idiot!

    • Mary

      May 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      I sgree But this comes from Men who regard women as property. So if you wear a nightie to bed Any man can break into your home and rape you.. A baby who is raped by a man yep she did not have a diaper on. Or a little girl out playing who have a cute pair of shorts on. Or elderly women need to be assaulted because a man can’t keep it in his pants. Give me a break. These men who think this are pigs God forbid thier sister, wife, mother,little girl gets raped.

  2. Ikido

    March 29, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    This is going to be interesting…:)
    *grabs popcorn and waits for the onslaught*

    • kola

      March 30, 2014 at 5:39 am

      hahahaa!! onslaught aye!!

  3. Que.....glad to have my avatar back!

    March 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Is this from the same brazil, home of d bikinis and brazillian wax??

  4. Barbie

    March 30, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Women do NOT deserve to be RAPED……..revealing clothes or not. A gal wear wat makes her feel good feel femine and feel comfortable. A man dat can’t get his Joystick in his pant should not blame it on a woman’s dressing……now dats in general. But dis coming from Brazil? Well mayb dey’ve finally reaslize dat life isn’t all about been nude

    • Johnny

      April 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Nobody is defending the rapist. They should be punished, better be safe than sorry. I wonder if women will dress provocatively/improperly, if it elicited no response from male audience! or would they? Would women(not lesbians) take all the trouble and bear expense if she could not turn an male head (straight guys, gays please excuse)? So ladies who dress to impress have greater risk from psychos/rapists. Just my personal opinion.

    • Leon

      April 8, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Oh please, women wear revealing clothes to get attention. They present themselves as sex objects so how can they object to men treating them as such? Rape comes with the territory of dressing/acting like a slut.


    March 30, 2014 at 12:36 am

    No woman deserves to be raped but dressing provocatively could sometimes be misinterpreted as asking for ‘it’. You can dress skimpy if u r with your man and he is comfortable with it. Don’t wear revealing clothes and hang out alone with a man who’s just a friend or an acquaintance. Walking in groups with your girlfriends can also help prevent rape.

  6. iyke

    March 30, 2014 at 1:13 am

    NO!Women in Revealing Clothes DO NOT Deserve Rape.For the records, Rape is an expression of POWER, not sexuality.The motive behind it is not a desire for sexual fulfillment.Therefore this survey is dead on arrival…

    • 9jablower Blog

      March 30, 2014 at 5:08 am

      Well Said, Rape doesn’t depict sexuality……

    • kola

      March 30, 2014 at 5:41 am

      hmmm… i learnt something from this comment today *jotting it in my notepad*

    • Dr. N

      March 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

      I agree. DOA.

  7. LalaBola

    March 30, 2014 at 1:27 am

    NO! NO! NO! Women do not deserve to be raped and even women who are clothed in non-revealing clothes are raped. What will we say about children who are raped? Are they also wearing revealing clothes? Abeg.. i don’t agree with this.

  8. ezmakkkky

    March 30, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Nope. You don’t deserve to be raped. But if you are Christian you have an obligation to prevent your fellow men from falling into temptation.

    • kola

      March 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

      gbagbe dat Christian-sister-in-the-Lord gist jare. rape is not justifiable by temptation.
      You sef imagine…

      Human being: “Oga why you rape that girl?”
      Rapist: “Omo what she wore was so tempting. I had to do it”
      Human being: “Awww, sorry ehn. Oya take ice cream”

      As Iyke said, d research was dead on arrival.

    • SpeakNoEvil

      March 30, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Your last statement should have read, “Christians have an obligation to resist falling into temptation.” Even in the bible, Jesus did not count on Satan’s obligation as a former angel to not tempt him. Jesus knew that he had the obligation to resist temptation. Also, God made it clear to King David, by letting his son with Bathsheba die, that he had the obligation to resist temptation and that Sheba had no obligation to “prevent” him from falling into temptation. However, raping someone cannot merely just be described as one “falling into temptation.” Rape is an abhorrent crime that should result in the rapists being castrated and then drawn and quartered. There can never be punishment enough for rape.

  9. Kisses and Huggs Club

    March 30, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Definitely, the answer is a No No! However, our ladies should understand that men are generally moved by sight, so men should watch what they see and ladies should watch what is seen.


    March 30, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Hmmmm, BRA-zil of all places, well i’m not surprised, Its there ministry. Why wount there be rapists in Brazil where there Ladies go half nude every seconds.. Mayb Some Ladies Deserve To Be Raped, Certainly Not Every Lady!! #Mischievous!!


    • SpeakNoEvil

      March 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      “Mayb some Ladies Deserve To Be Raped, Certainly Not Every Lady!!” Are you for real? This level of idiocy/stupidity boggles my mind. When someone close to you is raped (I hope/pray it never happens), I wonder how deserving of rape you”ll think she is. No one deserves to be raped.

    • Ifedimma

      March 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Anuofia! I will slap that useless smile off your bloody face! It is idiots like you that use “lol” after such an important issue or that BIG FOOL up there that wrote she/he is grabbing a popcorn. We are now rearing animals and calling them human beings. Go crawl back to the rock where you came from. Idiot! “some women deserve to be raped” ofeke ndi mmuo! Anuofia! Oloshi! Barawo!

  11. 'Midé

    March 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Do they deserve rape ? No. Do they invite rape? Yes, even though this is not acceptable and I speak contextually not universally. The fact that we are discussing it shows that some see something wrong with it in our society. How we move those folks forward?

    • SpeakNoEvil

      March 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Some people invite rape? I will like to understand exactly what you mean by that. Tell me which of these people invited rape: the thousands of children that are raped yearly, the large number of women in Burgas that are raped yearly, the large number of women in jeans and covered tops that are raped yearly, the large number of women that are raped by their husbands/boyfriends, or the men that are raped yearly, but are too embarrassed to report it. If we can move forward, we must expel the idea of anyone inviting/deserving rape from our consciousness because the victim should never be unduly punished again by society after having experienced such a horrific crime. We should start having the conversation that explains to everyone that rape can never ever be justifiable.

  12. Iris

    March 30, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I’m seriously shocked by this. I wonder what parts of the country were sampled. I was in Rio once and I thought I was very liberal, but I was amazed by how comfortable people seemed wearing close to nothing. And then there was all the cross-dressing…O lawd. I think it’s obvious that how you dress has nothing to do with it. All those gang-rape cases we’ve heard about in India haven’t been about nude women running around. These people should just respect themselves abeg. Another person’s body is not for you to touch without permission no matter what they’re wearing.

  13. Dee

    March 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

    No! Have we forgotten that not too long ago women used to walk around naked in Africa. Even till today in some parts women walk around bare chested and that still never justified rApe so how can a mini-skirt do that. By the way most women that are raped it isn’t about what they are wearing, rapists take advantage of the vunerable. Even toddlers get raped, rape has very little to do with clothes. Saying someone deserves to be raped fore what they wear is like saying someone deserves to be robbed for wearing expensive clothes and driving a nice car, you can as well reason that they attracted the robbers!

  14. nene

    March 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    i’ve been to brazil. i felt like a nun. most of the women there are overexposed, they are barely covered up. but nobody deserves to be raped, you can’t force or beat someone up to have sex.

  15. Ifiokobong Ibanga

    March 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I think they do deserve rape. The urge for sex as a result of hormonal activation arising from sight (stimulus of seeing) has very little control by the willpower. Women with revealing cloths do expose the sexy stimulus that can drive the menace.
    I personally presented a seminar in this topic as a Human Physiologist. I personally decided to share monetization strategies instead of health tips on my blog.
    But generally, rapers should learn and become emotionally intelligent to overcome any temptation of this nature. Thank you readers.

    • Sam

      March 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      RAPIST ALERT!!!! Shey you will rape your sister because she is wearing a towel in your presence eh? You better think before you write. Plus I am sure people at the seminar were in awe of your stupidity. >:(

    • Robert

      March 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      This is the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard in my life. So, if you drive a Porsche and I drive a Hyundai and I steal your Porsche, its your fault for driving it. The dress seems to suggest nothing. Who wishes to be raped? Idiot!

    • Donald-Landon

      March 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      What gibberish are you writing. Rapist don’t rape people based on what their wearing so your point makes no sense. Rapist will rape people irrespective of whether they are wearing a bikini or dressed like a nun. Have you been following the rape cases that have been going in India. These are women that are fully clothed and they still get raped. Meanwhile you have people like lady gaga, Miley Cyrus and Madonna who hardly wear anything but haven’t gotten raped. If you are saying it’s due to the way people dress then the three celebrities I mentioned above and other people that dress like them will be getting raped everyday; however that isn’t the case.

    • Confuzzled

      March 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      What in the world?

    • missNk

      March 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      so you’re proud to say your hormones control you and you have no will power? Clap for yourself, you just told the world how much of a dunce you are.

    • SomeDay

      March 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      He put up his picture, please keep away from him. So Mr Human Physiologist, rapists are often people we know and trust. Rapists that attack young kids are also stimulated by their small cute outfits and innocence and we should wrap our little boys and girls in black so perverts like you do not get stimulated. I bet you also think a person that beats their spouse is usually provoked and that a man that cheats is never at fault because his wife is not doing her duties. Thank God your name and picture is on here, people please watch out for this man. No one deserves rape, I don’t know what is wrong with some of you.

    • Princess

      March 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Stupidity shud be included in ur birth certificate… Oshi!! Rapist!! I cud only imagine how many ladies u hv raped already! Disgusting goat!

    • Ifedimma

      March 30, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Anuofia! I will slap that uselessness out of your bloody face! Hidiot! Deserve to be raped?! Really?! Stupid fool! BIG FOOL! You don’t deserve anything but insults!

    • Tonia

      March 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Are you daft? Youwritelike a child. I ain’t sure you are an adult. Make sure you make use of your dictionary, then when you know the meaning of rape you come back andreply to me. No lady deserves to be raped, No woman deserves to go through the trauma of rape. You also said the urge for sex is as a result of hormonal activation arising from sight. Kids that have been rapped, weren’t they dressed properly?.No responsible man and I repeat no responsible man will ever rape a girl, child or woman. Get that into your head!!!!!

    • L'afrique

      March 31, 2014 at 3:55 am

      What a buffoon! BURN!!!

  16. Soraya

    March 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    No woman deserves to be raped but it’s easy to see why some men think that scantily dressed women should be raped- immodest dressing is an invitation!

  17. Fabio

    March 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I’m Brazilian and this survey is not true…
    Fake and disgusting…
    We don’t think that way otherwise the rape rates would be absurd and if you actually compare it with India for example where the women covers up most of the body, the numbers are so high..

    Faze fake

  18. phiney

    March 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    until the day i see a man jump on a woman and start raping her on the street or in the middle of the market with people around before i will accept that semi nude women deserve rape.all rapists hang around in hideous corners and wait for victims.that tells us that they are of no good and it is not about the pygmy regions and the bushmen regions,the people do not cover all their bodies and are practically almost naked yet you do not hear of rape cases in such places.why?answer is that rape has nothing to do with clothing.there are stores of men raping innocent babies and even men raping men.gang rape in India where the women even threaten to cover their eyes in dressing.yet they are raped.Now rape challenge for you rapist POUNCE ON A SEMI NAKED WOMAN IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY MARKET AND START RAPING HER IN THE PRESENCE OF ALL IF YOU THINK YOUR ACTIONS ARE JUSTIFIED.THEN WE SHALL ADMIT THAT YOUR URGE IS NATURAL.

    • Dr. N

      March 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      True, why do they hide in dark corners. Strong point

  19. koch

    March 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Its a No for me because rape has been around from the old days and they was no provocative fashion or anything then but I ll blame the increase on our sexualised society!

  20. Charis

    March 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Oh glad u cleared that up fabio. Now my 2 cents; I’ve always wondered, if scanty dressing is what attracts rape, why don’t we hear of women raping men who they see walking half naked on d streets or smetimes just in briefs? Or don’t women have sexual urges too? That said I second iyke…

    • nene

      March 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      nice try..but no man walks the streets in briefs. the only time you see a shirtless man or half naked man anywhere in the world is if he’s working (bricklayers, builders,etc) or in a modelling competition or catwalk or if he’s just gone mad.

  21. Narnia

    March 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    No woman deserves rape!! #pointblankperiod
    However I can’t stress how important it is to dress
    Decently….which had nothing to do with rape! Just dress modest

    • L'afrique

      March 31, 2014 at 3:52 am

      But the principle of syllogism indicates that you’re in support of the stupid argument. Don’t hide. Come out and say it, instead of all this “dress decently” gong you’re beating.

  22. Robert

    March 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    This is the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard in my life. So, if you drive a Porsche and I drive a Hyundai and I steal your Porsche, its your fault for driving it. The dress seems to suggest nothing. Who wishes to be raped? Idiot!

  23. Mrs Nwosu

    March 30, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    “If women knew how to behave, there would be fewer rapes.” really now this is all shades of wrong so a man that rapes a woman because she’s skimpinly dressed is behaving well?am not condoning dressing crazy but please, what nonesense is this now, then they shud just legalise the rape then. Bullshit!

    • Mr.Nobody

      March 31, 2014 at 12:46 am

      it’s a pity many christians have commend,with no one approaching the matter spirit-wise.Not every angel is michael and not every demon is satan,don’t be decieved RAPE IS DEMONIC!.The boss has many that work under him,all rapes are not the same,some are easy to understand,like a woman who provokes it through her dressing,but some are not,like a fully grown man to an innocent little girl.

    • Bleed Blue

      March 31, 2014 at 9:13 am

      “some are easy to understand,like a woman who provokes it through her dressing”

      Mr Nobody, since you’re the only spiritual one here…please next time you talk to our Lord Jesus, tell Him what you’ve just typed…that when one of His creation is sexually assaulted and forcefully defiled, it’s okay, it’s easy to understand…afterall she provoked it through her dressing…and hear His reply to you.

      #Selective Christianity smh

    • Ada Nnewi

      March 31, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Mr Nobody!, rape is unjustifyable whether the woman is naked or in a burqua..Anyways your name probably just confirms that there’s nobody home “upstairs”…

    • SpeakNoEvil

      March 31, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Mr.Nobody, it is a shame that some people always seek to cloak common sense issues with Christianity/demonic attack. It is always, “it is the devil’s work or pray about it,” instead of “this rapist intentionally inflicted the worst imaginable pain on his/her victim and should be punished.” If we are going to approach this “spirit-wise,” then we should be wondering why people that claim to be Christians blatantly disobey God’s commandments: Thou shalt not kill (a woman’s spirit by raping her), thou shalt not commit adultery (and other sexual offenses by raping someone), thou shalt not steal (a woman’s dignity, self respect, peace of mind, happiness, safety, and self worth by raping her), and thou shalt not covet (a woman’s body to the extent of raping her). All rapes are the same because rape is a horrific and abhorrent crime that can never be understood or justified. No woman ever provokes it through her clothing. If you ever think rape is understandable because the woman provoked it, that means that you are (1) blaming the victim, (2) effectively saying that men are animals because they cannot control their urges, and (3) saying that sane people are free to publicly stone all rapists to the brink of death, treat them for their injuries, then stone them to the edge of death again and will continue to repeat this cycle. After all, it is understandable because the “rapists provoked it through their actions.”

  24. Dr ng

    March 31, 2014 at 12:16 am

    No woman deserve to be raped irrespective of how she is dressed.I pity our society dt encourages rape by blaming d victim of indecent dressing instead of d rapist

  25. KDA

    March 31, 2014 at 9:05 am

    BN.. Please correct me in case i am wrong o, it seems that we still have a long way to go with this rape issue. From comments regarding this post and other related posts, majority of those in support of skimpily dressed ladies deserving rape or justifying rape are male… Guys, from one male to another… we are supposed to be able to control our urge when we fall into temptation. Yes, will a skimpily dreessed lady bring an urge in a man? maybe. Can he control that urge.. DEFINITELY YESS!! guys we know we can,,, enough of these excussess abegg!!! For example,,A lady in my gym always wears skimpy sports gear, always plants herself directly in front of me…. lies facing me when we are about to do crunches, knowing fully well that her goods will be on display to me. Yes i feel harrased (and might report her to the gym instructors), but what i do is back her or move to another spot whenever i can….even thouht, somehow, she still moves to my front . That doesnt mean i should way lay her at a dark spot and rape her. I actually have gotten to the stage i get disgusted when ever she does that rather than a sexual urge.

    Please enough of the excuses…. Control your urge please.. what ever that means!!

  26. Stephanie

    March 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Na…i don’t agree at all

  27. looters

    March 31, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Reading through these comments, the poll shouldn’t come as a surprise cos almost everyone on here agrees with it. “If you dress indecently, you’re asking for it”. I tire for this lack of judgment. So men are animals with no self control? When Chimamanda and other feminists start talking about issues relating to equality of the sexes, you guys will start abusing them. it’s alright. I’m not surprised that majority who agree are women. We are our own worst enemies.

  28. jekyll

    April 26, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Skimpily clad women while maybe not deserving to be raped make themselves a target for a potential/would be rapist. The rapist might follow her and strike when she walks down a quiet street alone. Skimpy clothes definitely make you a target. Don’t want to be a target, wear more modest clothes and you will attract less attention, although quite a few women want to be the center of attraction and want to be admired by everyone, you may be getting admired by the wrong person. So, bottom line: Style of clothing DOES make a difference.

    Kids getting raped: These are done by a different class of rapist, ie: a paedophile, that is someone who is specifically attracted to children rather than adults. Clothing type is irrelevant.

    India: Full dress, yes, everyone wears this full dress, so a rapist is not going to have much of a choice in terms of clothing and will probably go for a lone female at a quiet spot.

    Burqua: Same as above, all the females wear a burqua, so a rapist will probably just make a best guess choice of easiest looking target ie: alone and quiet.

    Also, a lot of people (mainly females) keep saying a rapist does not rape for sex, but for power…. what is this power they speak of and and how is it gotten?

    • Mary

      May 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      yeah with the USA taking away more rights from woman the GOP will soon have Us women wearing full dress and burkas

  29. Colbert

    April 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    This is a discussion no one will ever win. Women should be allowed to wear whatever they want without getting any unwanted response (meaning in a negative way) from men or other women. But it is sadly enough the truth that the world is full of pervs, and there are a lot of people that don’t agree with me. In your place, as a woman, maybe you have to allow for that. It is a horrible thing and I think everybody would want that it wasn’t that way, but if you dress inappropriate or wear “revealing” clothes you have more chance being annoyed by a man while you don’t want to.

  30. Julia Paccana

    May 1, 2014 at 2:26 am

    That’s too bad to hear about Brazilians.

  31. Mary

    May 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    so what do you want a women to wear to go to beach or just tanning.. I talking about regular bathing suits or little girls or elderly being raped

  32. Zo

    May 27, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    No one is asking to be raped, if we would’ve wanted that, we shall hang a freaking sign around our necks. Of course some women like to dress kind of revealing which can be seen as slutty, I agree, but clothes are only clothes. It’s they’re choice to walk around that revealing and daring, that doesn’t mean you can just rape them. We live in a free world.

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