After becoming South America’s first country to be awarded the opportunity to host the Olympic Games, country officials assured the committee for the XXXI Olympiad that top security measures would be employed to keep athletes safe.
It hasn’t help bolster confidence that a recent alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old Brazilian girl in a poor section of Rio de Janeiro is creating quite a worldwide stir among women’s rights advocates and law enforcement.
According to reports, the young rape victim may have been victimized by as many as 30 men. One of the alleged perpetrators has reportedly posted a video of the rape on Twitter. After hours of scouring the video, local police have been out in force trying to identify and round up as many of the alleged perpetrators as possible. To date, five suspects have been called in for questioning, but no arrests have yet been made.
In the aftermath of the attack, women’s equal rights advocates have been leading protest marches, seeking justice for the young girl and drawing attention to what has been perceived as extremely poor treatment and sexism directed to the fairer sex. All of this unwanted attention has caught the eye of the Olympics security people, who will be charged with making sure Olympic officials and athletes are kept safe while participating in the games.
Combined with additional concerns about the recent spread of the Zyka virus and severe economic issues that plague Brazil, people are beginning to wonder if perhaps the games should be delayed or postponed all together.
While violent crimes have been on the decrease in Brazil’s capital city, recent budget cuts have led to fewer police on the streets, especially in the poorer neighborhoods like the one where the alleged rape took place. With games schedule to begin August 5, country officials are working quickly to address these most concerning issues.