Popular Brazilian feminist writer and activist Clara Averbuck has launched a Twitter campaign under the hashtag #MeuMotoristaAbusador, which translates to #MyAbuserDriver, after allegedly being sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in São Paulo.
“What happened is what happens to hundreds of thousands of Brazilian women,” said Averbuck. “This is a daily situation, it’s not just Uber.”
“These crimes are very hard to denounce,” she added, noting that she was still unsure as to whether she should report the incident to police. “We have the issue of when you cannot prove it materially, this could come back against you, the aggressor could sue you. This has happened to various women. This is very common in the system.”
Averbuck, a famous Brazilian blogger who runs the feminist website A Woman’s Place and has published seven books, said that she was returning from a party in São Paulo when her Uber driver pulled into a deserted street and attacked her.
“The driver took advantage of my vulnerable state because I had been drinking,” she said.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Averbuck wrote that “the world is a horrible place to be a woman,” and that she wanted people to know “what could happen to any woman, at any moment, and that helplessness and despair are inevitable.”
Brazil’s problem with sexual assault and misogyny have been increasingly in the public eye thanks to the work of activists such as Averbuck. In June of last year, Brazil’s Copacabana beach was covered in underwear to protest the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl and the estimated 50,000 other Brazilian women who are raped each year. In 2015, women began tweeting about the first time they endured sexual harassment after men on Twitter began making sexual comments about a 12-year-old contestant on Brazil’s Masterchef Junior.
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