Violence against female cyclists gained focus on social media this week, after “viralizing” a video in which cyclist Andressa Lustosa is sexually harassed by a man while cycling in the interior of Paraná.
In repudiation of the violence suffered by women who cycle, cycle activists from Curitiba call an act for Friday (1st), starting at 6:30 pm, with a concentration in Praça 19 de Dezembro (Plaza da Mulher Nua), in the center of the city.
“We will not tolerate silently that our bodies are targets of machismo and violence imposed on us. […] Before the street becomes a threat, let’s ride together and occupy the city,” says the call for the ‘Feminist Bicycle Run’. On the poster, the slogans are: “stop harassing us” and “stop killing us.”
Harassment causes accidents in Palmas
The video that went viral recently shows cyclist Andressa Lustosa riding on a street in Palmas, in southern Paraná. A car approaches the cyclist and a man, from inside the car, runs his hand over her body, causing her to fall to the ground. Those involved left in a rush and Andressa was rescued by people who witnessed what happened.
According to police, the car was occupied by four people. All have been identified. The suspect of touching Andressa was arrested on Tuesday (28). He will answer for sexual harassment and bodily harm. The driver of the car has not yet been located, but he must be held responsible for the same crimes.
Source: BoF Paraná
Edition: Lia Bianchini