A 22-year-old gay man was tortured and raped last week in Brazil in Florianópolis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina, causing a shock wave in the country according to several associations.
“It is a frightening crime but it is very common in Brazil. “Last week, on May 31, a 22-year-old homosexual suffered a” barbaric “act in Florianópolis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina, in Brazil, as several associations described it, reported on Wednesday. Guardian.
The young boy was attacked by three armed men and was gang raped. They also tortured him with sharp objects and forced homophobic slurs into the skin of his legs, associations told the English media as well as the Folha de São Paulo, a Brazilian daily.
The 20-year-old was hospitalized in serious condition but is now recovering from his injuries at home. The two media confirmed that an investigation was opened by the police. No arrests have yet been made.
237 LGBT people died in 2020
Lirous Ávila, the president of the Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ADEH), explained to the Guardian that this violence affects LGBT people as much as it does women, black people and immigrants, and that it is “getting worse”.
According to her, this attack caused a shock wave in the country and polarized opinion: some people were shocked by the act when others justified it by the homosexuality of the victim. “It is absurd to find a justification for a violence which is so brutal and barbaric”, she underlined.
“Violence against LGBT people has really increased in recent times. Brazil is the world champion when it comes to murders of LGBT people. We are a very conservative country where there is a lot of prejudice. Hate speech ends up spreading violence, ”Margareth Hernandes, a lawyer based in Florianópolis, told the English daily.
The activist and lawyer attribute the rise in violence against LGBT people in part to the presence of Jair Bolsonaro, openly homophobic and transphobic, at the head of the country. According to an annual report by the Grupo Gay da Bahia association, the oldest Brazilian structure for the defense of gay and transgender rights, 237 LGBT people died in Brazil in 2020.