Saturday, March 28, 2009
In Brazil, Sexual Abuse Is Widespread While Most Abortions Are Illegal
NY Times: Amid Abuse in Brazil, Abortion Debate Flares, by Alexei Barrionuevo:
The waiting room at Pérola Byington Hospital resembles a small day care center many days. Young girls play on the cold tile floors or rock hyperactively in plastic chairs, while their mothers stare pensively at the red digital readout on a wall, signaling their place in line.
But this is a women’s health clinic specializing in treating victims of sexual violence. Of the 15 such cases the hospital averages each day, nearly half involve children under 12.
While much of Brazil has been riled by the case of a 9-year-old girl who aborted twins this month after claiming her stepfather raped her, her ordeal was an all too familiar one at the clinic.