Brazilians outraged after 16-year-old gang raped in favela

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BRAZIL-RIO-VIOLENCE-GANG-RAPE-PROTESTBrazilians protest in front of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro on May 27, 2016, against a gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl. Online social networks erupted with outrage over the video posted on Wednesday featuring the girl naked on a bed and the apparent rapists bragging that she had been raped by more than 30 men. / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Brazilian police say they have identified four of the 33 suspects wanted for their involvement in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl.

A video posted online showed the minor being attacked by more than 30 men in a Rio de Janeiro favela.

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Brazilians outraged after 16 year-old gang raped in favela

Brazilian police say they have identified four of the 33 suspects wanted for their involvement in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Shock and outrage rise in Brazil as details of a gang rape continue to make headlines.

The attackers posted a video that sparked a wave of outrage on social media.

The clip showed an undressed and an unconscious teen on a mattress. She was being filmed by two men, both fully dressed, who took turns manhandling and mocking her.

An online campaign, under the hashtag “Rape never again” is calling on the government to put an end to violence against women.

The 16 year-old-girl was gang-raped last Saturday by dozens of men, who filmed and posted photos of it on Twitter. Before the accounts were suspended, the tweets showed more than 500 likes with thumbs up and smiley faces, blaming the girl for the assault.

According to a police report leaked to Brazilian media, the girl said she visited her boyfriend last Saturday and her next memory is waking up on Sunday in another house, naked and wounded-with 33 heavily-armed men.

Police have issued arrest warrants for four of the men, including the girl’s 19 year-old boyfriend.

Her boyfriend and a 41-year-old man face rape charges. The other two are accused of distributing the images on social media.

The incident has also prompted intense reactions from women’s rights organizations and Rio’s citizens.

According to the Public Safety Forum , a non-governmental group, Brazilian police recorded a sexual assault every 11 minutes in the country in 2014.

An estimated half a million such assaults take place each year.