Monday 20 September 2021

Brazilian Senator Mulls Court Action Over Rape Comment for Showing Deep Cleavage

Some described her first-day outfit choice as "shocking" and "vulgar", and branded Paulinha a "representative of prostitutes".

Paying the bills


1,308 complaints about parties and agglomerations this weekend

QCOSTARICA - Police actions to enforce health regulations do...


Following the series of accusations and backlash levelled against...

Top 3 Tips for Better Online Casino Security

The gambling industry has prospered over the years and...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 20: Plates ending in “1 & 2” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Monday, September 20, vehicles with...

Athleta women’s brand opened its first store outside North America in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Gap Inc.'s Athleta brand announced the opening...

Carlos Alvarado: Vaccine retention ‘delays global solution and increases risk of new virus variables’

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado showed his...
Paying the bills


A Brazilian senator has faced backlash on social media for wearing a revealing outfit at her inauguration ceremony. She insists that the way she dresses has nothing to do with her job and now wants to bring her cyber bullies to justice.

Ana Paula da Silva, known locally as “Paulinha”, wants to prosecute those who targeted her with hateful comments, and pundits say she could have the law on her side.

- Advertisement -

The freshman senator entered the international spotlight earlier this week after photos emerged of her attending a swearing-in ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

Paulinha, who served two terms as mayor of the city of Bombinhas prior to her election to the state legislature, was pictured donning a revealing red jumpsuit with a matching top, which she later took off.

While her first-day outfit choice was widely acclaimed on social media both in Brazil and overseas, some commenters described it as “shocking” and “vulgar”, and branded Paulinha a “representative of prostitutes”.

According to Brazil’s news portal, one of the attackers identified himself as a military police officer.


View this post on Instagram


Primeira sessão legislativa do ano! Agora é arregaçar as mangas e trabalhar!!! ❤????

A post shared by Ana Paula da Silva ???????? (@deputadapaulinha) on

The 44-year-old senator says the comments have hit her very hard. “Being criticised in public life is something normal and expected. But I felt psychologically violated,” she told the Extra newspaper. “An internet user said that if I get raped I cannot complain. One woman commented that I could not speak of God, for God would not bless a woman like me.”

- Advertisement -

“I also have my side empowered and that makes me get up every day and say: this is me and I fight to break paradigms and patterns that do not fit with what I think and think many women who are represented by me.”

Criminal lawyer Leonardo Costella was quoted as saying that in the lawmaker’s case, the offensive comments can qualify as libel or slander, and da Silva can claim compensation for moral damages.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

Coronavirus lambda variant spreads across Latin America

Q REPORTS (DW) Classified as a "variant of interest" by the...

Brazil gets snow and ice, surprising residents

Q24N (DW) Brazilians braced themselves for the coldest day of the...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.