Thousands of Brazilian women and girls have joined an online campaign to share their experiences of harassment and assault after abusive and sexually explicit tweets directed at a 12-year-old contestant on the country’s Junior MasterChef sparked a national debate on the issue.
More than 82,000 stories have been shared on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms in response to comments posted after the opening episode of the programme, which aired on 20 October.
The remarks were aimed at 12-year-old Valentina Schulz. Comments included: “If there’s consent is it paedophilia?”; “She’s gonna be a porn star at 12”; “This sexy girl is to blame for paedophilia”, and “Valentina doing those dishes: what a bitch”.
The slew of online comments prompted Think Olga, an NGO working for women’s rights, to create the hashtag #primeiroassédio (first harassment), encouraging women to tell stories about the first time they had been assaulted.
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