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High rate of harassment, sexual assault in Egypt and other Arab nations

http://am.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/17/high-rate-of-harassment-sexual-a...

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in a U.S. hospital after being sexually assaulted Friday in Tahrir Square.

Unfortunately, Logan's experience isn't unique; according to a 2008 survey by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, 83% of Cairo women and 98% of foreign women in Cairo said they had been harassed. Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian columnist and, since Logan's attack, has turned her Twitter account into a forum for discussion about women's rights in the Arab world and about the attack on Logan. Eltahawy speaks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

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It looks like a re-run of the Lara Logan episode.

http://www.israellycool.com/2012/01/26/foreign-woman-attacked-in-eg...

 


This assault should bring forth memories of the assaults on Lara LoganMona Eltahway, and Caroline Sanz.

Update: Bikya Masr now has an interview with the attacked foreigner.

“They started fighting over who was going to do what,” Heather told Bikyamasr.com in an exclusive interview. She came forward after seeing the report on a foreign woman who was stripped naked and assaulted only hours after her own incident.

“My roommates and I fell to the ground when they attacked us. The people pulled our pants off even as we yelled and tried to fight,” she continued.

The incident occurred around 7:30 PM local time, just as night was taking hold of the city. Heather said the attack happened “in the center of Tahrir.”

She said that after the men pulled their pants off, they continued to grab and grobe the women’s bodies. “It is disgusting. They put fingers up my ass,” she revealed.

Later in the report we learn

Heather said that she came forward to talk about what happened to her “because people need to know what goes on. It is the only way to start making it a problem that will have to be dealt with.”

However, many people told her to not reveal what happened to her because she was told, “it would hurt the image of the revolution.” But Heather said after seeing the reports of others and their assaults, “I felt it was right to say something.”



Covering these things up for the sake of "the image of the revolution"!!!

This was happening to pro-Palestinian protesteors in Gaza last year. Women were raped, and the left-islamist alliance covered it up. The terminally stupid gay people who go there to support Hamas, were also told they were remove all gay banners, because muslims did not support homosexuality.

And the queers and the raped women and the leftist men who claim they support women's rights browbeat the women into silence.

Every time they keep silent about these things, they just make sure some other gullible mis-led do-gooder goes wandering into a dangerous situation that could change their life forever. And all the silence and collusion is for the sake of a fake, manufactured "revolution".

You're not suggesting that the "chickens are coming home to roost", are you Joe?

What, you're saying that actions have consequences?  And we must hold people accountable for their actions?

Shame on you!

Let's be quite clear about this.  The laws of cause and effect do not apply in Norway from the time of the Breveik massacre.  Nor do they apply in Tahrir Square.  So stop trying to analyse things in order to understand the past and improve things for the future, OK?

(If you don't, I'll get some fascists from the 'progressive' media to vilify you into silence).

"Meanwhile, 62 percent of Egyptian men confessed to harassing women and 53 percent of Egyptian men faulted women for “bringing it on.”

Dead right too!  What are they doing in the Square anyway?  They should be at home, looking after their children.  Or if they're not married off yet, they should be helping their Mum-slaves with the housework, and looking after their brothers, who of course, are worth twice what they are.

And as for those Muslim women that won't accept this, well, just kick them out!  Yes, we can easily replace them with some of the dumb leftist women the kaffirs have got - they just love to be subjugated by a strong man, because their own culture is so weak and valueless.

Thank you Germaine Greer!  For giving us a fresh batch of domestic sex slaves :-)

This is what's thought to be 'safe' in the West ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2165445/British-journalist-...

'Please God, make it stop!' British female journalist, 21, describes horrific sexual assault in Egypt's Tahrir Square after election result

A British journalist was brutally sexually assaulted in Cairo's Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptians gathered to celebrate the nation's presidential election results.

Natasha Smith, 21, has detailed how she was violently attacked by a 'group of animals' who stripped her naked, scratched and clenched her breasts and 'forced their fingers inside her'.

She only escaped by donning men's clothes and a burka and being whisked away to safety by two other men.

Brutal: Smith was attacked as thousands celebrated the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate as the new president

Writing on her blog, she said: 'All I could see was leering faces, more and more faces sneering and jeering as I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions.'

The incident occured on Sunday when Egyptians flooded the area celebrating the announcement Mohammed Morsi would be the nation's first democratically elected leader.

Smith, who will graduate with an MA in International Journalism from University College Falmouth in August, was in Tahrir to film the crowd for a documentary on women's rights.

But the initial 'atmosphere of jubilation, excitement, and happiness', quickly turned against her.

She said: 'Just as I realised I had reached the end of the bridge, I noticed the crowd became thicker, and decided immediately to turn around to avoid Tahrir Square.

'My friends and I tried to leave. I tried to put my camera back in my rucksack. But in a split second, everything changed.

'Men had been groping me for a while, but suddenly, something shifted. I found myself being dragged from my male friend, groped all over, with increasing force and aggression.

'I screamed. I could see what was happening and I saw that I was powerless to stop it. I couldn't believe I had got into this situation.'

The former Weymouth College and University of Nottingham student said she was then stripped naked and assaulted.

She wrote: 'I began to think, 'maybe this is just it. Maybe this is how I go, how I die. I’ve had a good life. Whether I live or die, this will all be over soon.'

A friend eventually reached her and managed to guide her to a medical tent. Local women helped protect her as she put on the burka and clothes.

She said: 'The men outside remained thirsty for blood; their prey had been cruelly snatched from their grasp.

'They peered in, so I had to duck down and hide. They attempted to attack the tent, and those inside began making a barricade out of chairs. They wanted my blood.'

She then escaped by posing as a stranger's wife and walking out hand-in-hand with the man.

She added: 'The women told me the attack was motivated by rumours spread by trouble-making thugs that I was a foreign spy.

'But if that was the cause, it was only really used as a pretext, an excuse, to molest and violate a blonde young Western girl.'

Smith is not the first western woman to be assaulted while working in Egypt. CBS News' Lara Logan was attacked during the 2011 revolution. She said 'men in the crowd had raped me with their hands'.

Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy was also assaulted by Egyptian security forces in November.

And Smith has vowed that the abuse would not stop her from exposing the wider issue of sexual assault in the country.

She said: 'I will overcome this and come back stronger and wiser. My documentary will be fuelled by my passion to help make people aware of just how serious this issue is.

'It's not just a passing news story that briefly gets people’s attention then is forgotten. This is a consistent trend and it has to stop.

'Arab women, western women – there are so many sufferers.'

 

'It's not just a passing news story that briefly gets people’s attention then is forgotten. This is a consistent trend and it has to stop.

'Arab women, western women – there are so many sufferers.'

No this is not a passing trend, it has been going on since at least 2005, here is a small mention in an Egyptain blog 

Mr. Seif was telling us that a woman (passerby) who had been stripp...

Then there is this account from 2006

I didn’t want to write about this.

Hell, I didn’t even want to know about it

I remember the first time I heard of it while I was in Amman. Eblis sent me an e-mail titled “Behold the revolution in Egypt” with a link to malek’s post on it and I stupidly clicked on it and was presented with a reality that I didn’t want or desire to confront.

The story is as follows for the those of you who didn’t hear about it: It was the first day of Eid, and a new film was opening downtown. Mobs of males gatherd trying to get in, but when the show was sold out, they decided they will destroy the box office. After accomplishing that, they went on what can only be described as a sexual frenxy: They ran around grabbing any and every girl in sight, whether a niqabi, a Hijabi or uncoverd. Whether egyptian or foreigner. Even pregnant ones. They grabbed them, molested them, tried to rip their cloths off and rape them, all in front of the police, who didn’t do shit. The good people of downtown tried their best to protect the girls. Shop owners would let the girls in and lock the doors, while the mobs tried to break in. Taxi drivers put the girls in the cars while the mobs were trying to break the glass and grab the girls out. It was a disgusting pandamonium of sexual assaults that lasted for 5 houres from 7:30 PM to 12:30 am, and it truns my stomach just to think about it.

I called my father when I heard of that happening, and he informed me that he didn’t hear of it at all. They watched Al Jazeerah, CNN, flipped through opposition newspapers, and nothing. Nada. Nobody mentioned it. As if it didn’t happen.

But it did.

The bloggers available downtown documented the whole thing, and provided pictures of it as well. Reading their accounts I can’t help by feel my heart being torn on what the people of the country has turned to. The one that broke my heart the most was Sharqawi’s account (remember, he is the guy who got sexually assaulted by the police during interrogation ) and how it suddenly danwed at him that what happend to him wasn;t an isolated incident. That The Police forces didn;t came from another planet, that they were born and raised egyptians, amongst the egyptian people, the same egyptian people who have produced those mobs who found it in their right to attack girls in middle of crowded downtown for 5 houres under the police’s watchdul eyes. The ones who approached the police asking them to do something were told : “what do you want us to do? It’s Eid. Happy Eid to you too!” The same response was given to women who went to the police stations to report the incidents. The police refused to do their jobs and take a report, because it would probably reflect badly on their downtown peers. Some people were surprised at the Police’s reaction, but the majoirty of us weren’t. Those are the same police officers who facilitated the assaults on women last year during the referendum. This is business as usual for them.

What was unusual was the silence of the press. Nobody was mentioning it. Nobody was bringing it up. It seemed like there was some consensus of just not reporting it and maybe it will just go away. What at first seemed like a conspiracy got later on confirmed by my sources in the news media. Al Jazeera had taped the incidents but were forbidden to air it at the request of the egyptian authorities. The editor at a leading newspaper refused to touch it with a 6 foot pole. This was going to be one of those incidents that only the blogsphere would talk about, while the mainstream media ignored.

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The dog that didn't bark in the night - Egyptian media do not discuss these cases of assaults on women.

http://www.bikyamasr.com/71187/egypt-media-silent-on-sexual-violenc...

Male TV journalist, tries a Mrs. Doubtfire, to see if it's western-looking harlots or burka'd harlots who get sexually assaulted in Egypt.

http://www.emirates247.com/shocking-results-as-actor-tests-molestat...

Answer: all women treated as harlots by muslim men.

And another kafire journalist has been gang-raped in Tahrir Square. 

I saw nothing about this in the normal mediad in the past few days.  So, that presumably means that yet more uninformed female jouranlists will stumble into Tahrir Square to report on the resurgence of liberalism and humanitarianism in "Freedom Square", only to be gang-raped. 

Perhaps we are mistranslating "Tahrir" as "Freedom".  Maybe in Arabic it actually means "Freedom to Rape".

This story comes from Ynet News, via TT. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4399041,00.html

http://tundratabloids.com/2013/07/yes-again-another-western-journal...

Foreign reporter raped in Tahrir Square

Hospital reports Dutch journalist underwent gang rape in Cairo square several days ago. Reporter released from hospital after undergoing surgery

Roi Kais

(צילום: AP)

Egyptian media reported Sunday that a Dutch journalist was raped by several men in Cairo’s Tahrir Square a few days ago.

Dina Zakaria, a journalist reporting for the “Egypt 25″ news channel affiliated with the January 25 revolution, shared the incident on her Facebook page Sunday: “A Dutch journalist in Tahrir was raped by men who dub themselves revolutionists. Her condition is severe and she is hospitalized.”

Meanwhile, a state hospital issued a statement that the journalist was admitted after being raped by five men several days ago. She underwent surgery and has been released. It was also reported that Egypt’s Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah ordered his staff to go to the hospital to hear the woman’s story and reveal the circumstances behind the violent attack.

Protests in Tahrir Square (Photo: AP)

(צילום: רויטרס)

(Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian women face sexual harassment and assaults on a daily basis. During and after the revolution, there have been a number of case of foreign reporters who were sexually assaulted, such as Sonia Dridi and Lara Logan.

91 women raped in 4 days in Cairo's "Freedom to Rape" Square.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2354477/Egypt-protests-2013...

This girl was even wearing a hijab.

Cairo youths in line to grope girl

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/cairo-youths-in-line-to-grope-...

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