Femicide On The Rise: Woman Couldn’t Stop Her Grandson From Killing His Girlfriend And Was Hospitalized Herself
Being in an abusive relationship is never easy, but only those who have been in this situation know how difficult it is for the victim to realize what is happening and find a way out. For their weak attempts to protect themselves or break free, the victims are often beaten or even murdered by their partners. The killing of females on the basis of their gender is referred to as femicide.
According to research, approximately 66,000 girls and women are violently killed every year, and half of the 25 countries with the highest femicide rate are in Latin America. Bruna de Souza Oliveira, 19, became another victim. The young woman was strangled by her 32-year-old boyfriend, Victor dos Santos Lima, at home.
Feminicídio: Avó não consegue impedir neto de matar namorada, vai atrás dele e sofre acidente: https://t.co/GF9IKrMrgD— Jornal O Globo (@JornalOGlobo) 22 November 2018
Femicide: Woman couldn’t stop her grandson from killing his girlfriend and got into an accident
According to Lima's lawyer, he and the victim had a fight shortly before. His grandmother tried in vain to protect the girl. The 74-year-old woman ran out to the street for help, but was hit by a car and hospitalized with a fractured hip.
Shortly after the crime, the murderer came to the police with a different version, claiming that his girlfriend had fallen ill and then fainted. When interrogated, he finally confessed to homicide. According to the neighbors, the couple always used to fight and had just resumed dating after spending a few days apart.
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On social networks, friends lamented Bruna’s death.
Sad reality! When is it going to stop? Women, understand one thing: love does no harm, it does not abuse physically or psychologically.
– one Facebook post read.
Friends, neighbors, and family, do not hesitate to break up a quarrel between the husband and wife so that you don’t have to suffer the pain of loss. If you suffer violence or know someone who does, report!
– wrote one of Bruna’s friends.
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Despite the frequent warnings, the number of femicide victims keeps rising. A study by the Secretariat of Public Security revealed that in the first half of 2018, there were more than 7,000 cases of domestic violence registered in Brazil alone.
What is the solution?
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There is a solution to every problem. And for this particular one there are four:
1. Empowering professionals
Many women are reluctant to report the instances of domestic violence for fear that it will only make things worse. Therefore, it is essential to train and empower corresponding professionals.
2. Offering support to victims and their families
In many cases of abuse, the victims survive but are left traumatized. Another fundamental part is to offer real help and support to enable them and their families, especially children, to go through this phase and be able to start over.
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3. Raising awareness and educating people
Not every male abuser harms his partner out of spite or for some sick enjoyment. Many were brought up to believe that this is how it is supposed to be or even that they have the right to do what they like with their woman. Often, violence stems from ignorance.
4. Socially conscious and responsible media
The victim is never guilty, and there should be no attempts to romanticize or justify aggression. This is the role of the media, which should always keep in mind the impact they are making.
These tips can help create a more conscious and responsible society that cares more about women’s well-being. This is how we can build a better world and potentially reduce instances of femicide.