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What is Rape Under Brazilian Law?

By Xiu Ying

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rape is provided for in Article 213 of the Brazilian Penal Code and is a criminal offense characterized by the act of forcing a person to have sex or another lewd act, by means of violence or severe threat.

This was changed in 2009 when indecent assault and rape became a single criminal offense, explains Mônica Sapucaia Machado, who has a doctorate in political and economic law and is a specialist in gender compliance. "This was an important change because there is no longer a need for vaginal penetration to configure rape . . .

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