Four girls are raped every hour in Brazil, study finds

Women wear pink masks protesting violence against women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 28, 2017.

(CNN)In Brazil, four girls under 13 are raped every hour and every two minutes police receive a report of violence against women.

Those are just two of the findings from a new study released Tuesday by non-governmental organization Brazilian Forum of Public Security, which found that violence against women and girls is worsening in the country.
Brazil -- which is home to over 200 million people -- is already among the most dangerous places on earth to be female.
    The report found that femicides -- when a woman is murdered for being a woman -- increased by 4% last year on the previous year, even as the national homicide rate fell 10.8%. In 88% of those cases, the perpetrator was the woman's partner or former partner.
    Over 263,000 women suffered serious injuries at the hands of their partner, according to the study, which was based on governmental data.
    The country also saw the largest ever number of reported rapes, and almost 54% of the victims were girls under 13 years old.
    Images of models portraying women who have been abused at a demonstration opposing violence against women on Copacabana beach in 2016.

    A dangerous place for women

    Violence against women is a problem that Brazil has been facing for some time.
    "Brazil is still one of the most dangerous places in the world for women," Valeria Scarance, a public prosecutor, told