Joyce Vieira and a friend were taking pictures on the Praia do Braga beach in the town of Cabo Frio in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro when she said she saw a man masturbating.
Joyce claims the man had his shorts down and was standing in front of her and her friend while masturbating.
When I looked over there he had his shorts down and was standing on a path where people pass all the time, including children. He was visibly erect, making sounds and moaning.
She reported the case with police and Ferreira was later arrested for committing an ‘obscene act’ but has since been released after giving a statement and denying the crime. After his release, Vieira told local media:
We feel powerless. It’s very strange because he’s going to be in the same city as me, and who knows he might be in the same places.
That’s why I have received an innumerable number of messages from women saying that [in similar situations] they didn’t file a report, because they know the suspects would end up being released. I think the punishment for these cases should be more severe.
The Civil Police told reporters the suspect had claimed he was urinating on the beach before Vieira approached him.