Dancing saved Girlene’s life

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Over 500,000 people are raped in Brazil every year, but only 10% of cases are reported to police.

Girlene, 30, from São Luís in Brazil, was abused by her father, raped by her stepfather and left to live on the streets at 13. he is a true survivor who’s battling Brazil’s growing issue of violence against girls and women.

Now she’s found hope through dancing and is sharing her story to help ensure another generation of girls doesn’t suffer in silence.

She said, “To all the girls and women who have suffered like I have, please, speak up! Don’t let anyone get away with it. Talk to someone you trust, who believes in you – and someone you know can make a difference. Let’s show society we don’t have to stay quiet.”

And this is her story in her voice like the others.

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Mridha Shihab Mahmud

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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