Sexual Violence in Egypt

After the inauguration of Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, celebrations were marred by sexual assaults, including gang rape. These sort of events are the norm in Egypt. Women being stripped, beaten, sexually assaulted, and raped publicly are typical in the streets of Cairo. When women then go to the authorities to report these violations, the authorities force them to undergo invasive virginity testing, and are then often raped and assaulted by those authorities. These victims have no where to turn to, and get no justice or closure for what has been done to them.  These sexual assaults and rapes have become so common that they are often witnessed by others in public but are completely ignored. Many have witnessed so many that they refer to the violations as being “all in good fun”. A female Egyptian news anchor giggled on air and said that women should stop making a big deal out of the assaults because the men were “just having fun”. Victims are being oppressed and feel hopeless because of these violations and something needs to be done about the sexual violence in Egypt.

“Egyptian Authorities Using Sexual Violence on ‘massive Scale’ – BBC News.” BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2015.
Eltahawy, Mona. “Egypt Has a Sexual Violence Problem.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 20 June 2014. Web. 19 May 2015.
Gordts, Eline. “Egypt Arrests 7 For Sexual Assault Of 19-Year-Old In Tahrir.”The Huffington Post., n.d. Web. 19 May 2015.
Jones, Sophia. “If This Isn’t Enough Of A Wake-Up Call For Egypt, Then What Is?” The Huffington Post., n.d. Web. 19 May 2015.

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