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Professor Ricardo Germano Efing fired from two universities after an anonymous student shared comments with authorities
“If rape is unavoidable and imminent, relax and enjoy it,” : Professor Ricardo Germano Efing during an online class is the Centro Universitario Vale do Iguacu in southern Brazil.https://t.co/kMjRQXzsIL
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“rape is inevitable and imminent” then “relax and enjoy
A professor at a university in southern Brazil was dismissed after being denounced by an anonymous student for commenting on rape. Ricardo Germano Efing told his students that if “rape is inevitable and imminent” then “relax and enjoy”. The comments came during an online science class.
Ricardo Germano Efing taught at the Centro Universitario Vale do Iguacu in Rio D’Areia in Porto Uniao, Brazil. In an online class, he was speaking to his students when he said, “This is something, my friend, that you have to adapt to,” according to The Sun. Then he said, “Sorry girl I know what I’m going to say is rude, but as the saying goes, if rape is inevitable and imminent, relax and enjoy it.
Efing was then reported anonymously by a student taking the online course and was appalled by his remarks.
Efing then said he made the statement and provided an example of when companies need to lay off people who are unable to adapt to new processes and technologies. He also described the clip as a “small, decontextualized fragment of the class”.
He admitted, however, that the “popular phrase” he used “after careful consideration has been found to be completely inappropriate”. In his statement on the incident, he also said that he “expressed his full respect for all women without any intention of offending or attacking them”.
A week after the incident, the Centro Universitario Vale do Iguacu announced that it had fired Efing after an internal investigation, according to the media. Efing was also released from his role as teacher the following day by another institution, the Centro Universitario Campo Real. The two colleges issued statements claiming they had not tolerated disrespect for women.
According to another local publication, the university released a statement that based on statements made in the online course broadcast on social media, the university first apologized to the class and decided to make the administrative decision to remove Efing from her teaching position dismiss. The university has also stated that it values full respect, empathy and advocacy for women and does not condone or condone behaviors that do not respect these principles in their teaching environment.
The post also reported that Efing deleted all of his social media accounts, including his LinkedIn profile, as well as his profile on Lattes, an online platform for academics. The media also reported that Efing was appointed a member of the Ethics Committee of the Brazilian Association for Physiotherapy Traumato Ortopedica (Abrafito). He was also the coordinator of the physiotherapy course at the Centro Universitario Campo Real and specialized in trauma-functional orthopedics. The point of sale also shows that Efing is a specialist in pneumofunctional physiotherapy.