I’ll start with the following statement: Cuca is not a monster.
Cuca is a symptom of a sick society.
Cuca is a reflection of a violent culture that refuses to look in the mirror.
Cuca is a soft-spoken guy with sweet gestures.
I’ve already talked to him, we’ve already shared a taxi in Rio’s traffic during a long journey.
He is intelligent, an excellent trainer and a pleasant person to exchange ideas with.
Cuca is not a monster.
But our society, indeed, acts in a monstrous way.
And the Corinthians board took a step towards the abyss by sending a message loud and clear: being convicted of involvement in the rape of a 13-year-old child doesn’t catch anything.
Follow the game.
We need a coach and the guy is good.
So, scruples be damned.
Let’s proceed carefully to talk about the case.
Cuca forcibly penetrated the body of a girl in Switzerland in the 80s when he was a Grêmio player?
We have no way of proving that he was actively involved in the rape – and rape in those days required penetration.
Today, fortunately, we already know that rape does not need to contain penetration and this awareness has broadened the understanding of the crime.
In the process, the raped child did not recognize him as a rapist.
Was Cuca in the room when the rape took place?
Yes. And he himself never denied it. He even said that the girl looked 18 and not 13.
What did Cuca do while his colleagues raped a child?
Read a book? Did you meditate in the Lotus position? Did you take pictures of the view from the room?
What was he doing at that time?
I leave the question open and you use your experience to answer it.
Was Cuca sentenced to prison for involvement in the rape of a 13-year-old girl after a serious and impartial investigation?
Did Cuca serve his sentence?
No. He never returned to Switzerland.
Cuca was tried in absentia as he says?
Grêmio lawyers followed the trial step by step and presented a defense. He could have returned to Switzerland and attended the trial. He didn’t because he didn’t want to.
Has Cuca ever spoken honestly about what he was doing in the bedroom during the rape?
Or why did you think it was good for the girl to enter?
Or what did your friends do?
Or what actually happened that night?
No. No. No, it is not.
Cuca gave a statement to my friend Marilia Ruiz, the only statement in which he touches on the issue, and he just said in different ways that he did not participate in the rape.
But the facts say otherwise, as being present and doing nothing to prevent the rape of a child is actually participating in its occurrence.
It is no less worse to have been the passive witness to the rape of a child than to carry out a rape.
Both things are abject.
Assuming – to stay on the hypothesis that he would have only witnessed the crime – that was what happened, what does this say about Cuca and about a society that naturalizes barbarism against women and children?
Yes, we all make unspeakable mistakes and we have a chance to make amends.
One of those chances would be, in this specific case, to speak honestly about the episode and then act in the fight so that children are never again raped anywhere in the world.
Get involved in causes. Spend money on causes. Talk, get involved, get involved.
To apologize. Acknowledge the error. Show repentance and maturity.
Leave the manhood pact he made with his rapist friends behind.
Make a pact with decency.
With a world where his daughters, and granddaughters, can live emancipated.
Here is the coach hired by the team that uses the slogans “the people’s team” and “respects the mines”.
Being an ally of women’s rights is a life practice, not a hashtag or slogan on a T-shirt.
Hiring Cuca is like that, a blow to all of us.
A punch to our stomachs.
An immense sadness that overcomes relegation, decades without a title and defeats by Tolimas.
But let’s be frank: Cuca is not a prominent part of society.
Cuca is not a sociopath.
Cuca is no exception.
Cuca is the rule.
And it’s important that we understand that.
Many of those who publicly condemn him today have certainly done similar things.
It’s about a society that produces men who believe it’s their birthright to abuse a woman’s body – pressing her in the club, pulling her hair to demand a kiss, pretending not to hear her say no, witnessing friends abuse, making pacts with each other. never to tell what happened, etc.
Corinthians, by hiring Cuca, tells society that rape is part of the game.
Rape culture continues to prevail.
The hiring of Cuca by Corinthians is another victory.
Not every man does things like that, repeat male voices in unison.
I know incredible men who have never even forced a kiss in the club.
But even these incredible men benefit from a society that operates under these truths and that places a woman’s body as an object to be violated according to the occasion, the party, the need to prove one’s masculinity to friends, to demonstrate power.
Rape is a weapon of war, a weapon used for centuries by armies in enemy territory. It speaks of power and humiliation. The enemy, in the case of the culture that is reflected in everyday life, is us, women and children. The territory to be occupied is our bodies.
This is a world that separates us into whores and saints, and sees nothing in between.
The 13 year old girl in the room was the whore. Daughters are the saints.
The point is that the saint of one becomes, depending on the occasion, the whore of another.
And so we are thrown here and there without being considered full subjects.
We can be whores and we can be saints.
We can be whatever we want in this scope of what it is to exist as a woman.
But we are the ones who will say what we are, when we are and how we are.
A world in which the team that is said to be the people hires as a coach someone convicted of involvement in rape cannot be serious.
But make no mistake: this is not about Cuca.
Fulanizing the debate is weakening it.
It’s not about Cuca; I will repeat a thousand times if necessary.
It’s about our bodies abused every ten minutes.
About our bodies destroyed every six hours.
About our bodies murdered each day.
It’s about women who came before and were silenced.
About our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers.
Our daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters.
It’s about decency, dignity, existence.
It’s about a culture that uses rape as a power tool that subjects a woman’s body to the force of a man.
It’s about “painting a mood” with 11, 12, 13 year old girls.
It’s about the macabre pact of masculinity that accepts gang rape as long as it’s never spoken of again.
There will be dozens, hundreds of journalists on the news today pointing their dirty fingers at Cuca’s face.
As if they were something very important for the coach who will now defend Corinthians.
Cuca is not a monster and we all need to be involved in this horror so that this monstrous society can be transformed.
It’s not about Cuca.
It’s about what Corinthians says to its fans with this signing, about what the club thinks about gender violence, about the hypocrisy of using “respect the girls” to earn a little more money from the humiliated fans.
To be a woman and to like football is to like a sport that hates us.