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MMA Fighter Traumatised By Man Allegedly Masturbating At Photo Shoot

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MMA Fighter Traumatised By Man Allegedly Masturbating At Photo Shoot

You may have seen last week the quite satisfying story of an MMA fighter who attacked a man after she allegedly caught him masturbating while she was doing a swimwear photoshoot.

Joyce Vieira and her friend were taking photos at the Praia do Braga beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when she claims they saw the man performing the sex act. The man apparently wouldn't stop so Vieira took things into her own hands.

The man was later arrested for committing an 'obscene act', but has since been released after giving a statement in which he denied the crime.

MMA fighter Joyce Vieira says she attacked the man after she caught him masturbating. Credit: Golder's News
MMA fighter Joyce Vieira says she attacked the man after she caught him masturbating. Credit: Golder's News
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Now Vieira has revealed that she struggled to sleep following the incident.

The 27-year-old said: "It affected my life, more because I had that reaction. I didn't put my head down and I faced up to him. For a whole week I slept and woke up with the scene in my head."

Asked whether she thought the man deserved prison time, she said: "Yes, because he could be the same way he was with me with someone's daughter or granddaughter. This could end up affecting a whole family because it is traumatising."

Asked if she had seen the man in the town since the incident, she said: "No, until now I haven't thought about what my reaction will be if I see him in the street."

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Vieira - who is a specialist in Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu - went on to claim that she sufferers from sexist treatment within the sport on a daily basis.

Vieira said she suffers from sexist treatment within MMA. Credit: Instagram/eujoycevieira
Vieira said she suffers from sexist treatment within MMA. Credit: Instagram/eujoycevieira

She said: "To be honest it's very difficult because until today I have suffered a bit from men looking down their noses at me in training because I'm a woman. But that's just fuel for me and I want to stay and fight more and more every day for the love that fighting awoke in me.

"I'm a feminist and after all this, I'm going to embrace the cause with everything. It's the first type of harassment like that which I have faced but I have to suffer sexism every day."

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Police told reporters that the man alleged to have been masturbating claimed he was urinating prior to being approached by Vieira.

Inspector Juliana Rattes said the case will be taken to the Public Ministry 'who will act together with the Special Criminal Court'.

The investigation is ongoing.

Featured Image Credit: Golder's News

Topics: SPORT, World News, crime, Brazil, MMA

Jake Massey
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