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One in Seven Students Says They Have already Suffered Sexual Violence

A survey by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics indicates that one in every seven students aged 13 to 17 has already suffered some form of sexual violence.

The data are from the National Survey of School Health and refer to 2019. According to the study, the percentage of girls who suffered this type of aggression is more than double that of boys – 20% for girls, 9% for boys.

In addition, 6.3% of students said they had been raped, with girls again having a higher rate of cases than boys (8.8% versus 3.6%).

11.8 million students who were from the 7th year of elementary school to the 3rd year of high school participated in the survey, with 49% of those interviewed being girls and 51% boys.

The young people answered the questionnaire electronically, without the presence of an interviewer from the institute.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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