Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/15/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Violent gang rapes becoming all too common in nation undergoing radical change

Rape and sexual assaults among young girls and women has traditionally gone under-reported in Egypt, which adheres to a very conservative mindset about the rights and identities of females. However - in the tumult surrounding the nation's struggles to find a Democratic identity, and with the ouster of its first democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi, gang rapes are becoming more increasingly common. Clashes between government forces and Morsi supporters have seemingly taken a front seat over the safety of Egypt's female citizens.

In the attacks, men typically surround the woman, rip off her clothes and then perform manual rape. An outer circle fends off would-be rescuers with sticks, blades and belts.

In the attacks, men typically surround the woman, rip off her clothes and then perform manual rape. An outer circle fends off would-be rescuers with sticks, blades and belts.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/15/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Egypt, rape, sexual assault, tumult, girls, women


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, then the Egyptian president, attacks against women have become an epidemic in Tahrir Square, the site of many of the protests. With the ousting of Morsi, 150 new such cases were reported.

In the attacks, men typically surround the woman, rip off her clothes and then perform manual rape. An outer circle fends off would-be rescuers with sticks, blades and belts.

"They were taking photos of me and laughing," one victim  says. "They pinned me naked to the hood of a car and drove me around."

The alacrity of these attacks imply that they are orchestrated. Some believe they are being carried out by political factions to deter women from protesting while simultaneously discrediting demonstrators. The fact that the assaults occurred under Mubarak, the military, Morsi and the current interim president, Adly Mansour, suggests otherwise, implying the problem goes far deeper.
The attacks also occur outside of a political context. Human rights groups reported similar assaults at a pop concert in the coastal city of Ain Sokhna last May.

"The problem of sexual harassment and assault has been evident for a very long time," Amal Elmohandes, the director of the Women Human Rights Defenders program says. "They took place as far back as 2006 during Eid celebrations, at the metro stations or near the cinemas."

A study by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women released earlier this year reported that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, while 96.5 percent have been subject to harassment in the form of touching.

The number of sexual assaults has increased in post-revolution Egypt as there has been a surge in the number of women present in public spaces, activists say. "As society is more brutalized, people are increasingly expressing themselves through violent actions," Elmohandes says.

The language used to describe the assaults in Egypt reveal just how deeply embedded the problem is.

The word "taharush," which means "harassment" has only been recently adopted in the context of sexual assault in the last decade. "Instead, people used to say 'flirtation' ('mo'aksa'] - they sugar-coated the problem," Mariam Kirollos, a women's rights activist and volunteer with OpAntiSh says.


The use of the term "flirtation" rather than harassment implies a consensual act, and contributes to an already entrenched culture of "blaming the victim," as women are perceived to be somehow complicit.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha: Defending Human Dignity by Defunding Planned Parenthood Watch

Image of

By Obianuju Ekeocha

My country (Nigeria) has worked hard to eradicate completely through laws and societal codes, the dark elements within it that hurt and harmed men, women and children in the centuries past.Today my people bask in both the wonderful splendor of culture and the ... continue reading


Minnesota dentist accused of hunting famous African lion, Cecil, faces extreme backlash from the world Watch

Image of Walt Palmer pictured with previous hunting kill.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

PETA or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has stated that the dentist accused of killing the famous lion Cecil in Zimbabwe needs to be "extradited, charged and, preferably, hanged." MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - It has been revealed to the ... continue reading


Kenyan women beat starvation by 'sack farming' Watch

Image of The method has created employment and generated income for both rural and urban dwellers, and has proved to be a good way for farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change, he added.

By Caroline Wambui, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Central Kenya's Nturukuma region is not kind to farmers - its erratic rainfall, desert vegetation and drying riverbeds push most people into making a living through trade rather than agriculture. NTURUKUMA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jane Kairuthi ... continue reading


Two soldiers injured during a terrorist attack in Algeria Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Algeria continues to pay for its fight against terrorism. After a deadly attack perpetrated in the region of Ain Defla on July 17, against an army patrol, terrorist groups reappeared in the eastern region of Batna on July 27 with an attack against a military barrack. ... continue reading


Algeria holds international conference on stopping radicalization around the world Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Radicalization is a generic phenomenon that plagues all democratic societies. The radicalization of armed groups, that carry out attacks everywhere worldwide, challenges all governments at the highest level. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - This perspective was ... continue reading


Malian authorities dismantle terrorist training camp Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma

The security situation never seemed better in the sub Saharan region, particularly Mali. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Sometimes when the country's army takes over, it is a good thing; as is the case with the dismantling of a terrorist training camp, last week, ... continue reading


11 Algerian soldiers killed in country's bloodiest terrorist attack Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Friday, July 17, 2015, known as the first day of the Muslim Eid Al-Fitr, celebrated after the end of Ramadan, became one of the bloodiest days in Algeria. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - The Algerian army lost at least 11 soldiers in an ambush claimed by Al-Qaeda ... continue reading


Displaced Africans flee to neighboring countries with little - or no prospects Watch

Image of Witnesses from the State Department and international humanitarian organizations testified that social chaos in sub-Saharan Africa has created a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

Plagued by wars, terrorism, and repressive governments, sub-Saharan Africa is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis that the international community is not ready to address, witnesses testified on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN ... continue reading


Kenya plans massive nude march to reject Obama's support for homosexuality during visit Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Kenya plans to hold a unique demonstration on July 22 and 23 for President Barrack Obama's visit. According to Kenya's Republican Liberty Party, the protest intends to rally 5,000 men and women. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Vincent Kidala, the party's ... continue reading


African countries spike up security as terror threats grow toward end of Ramadan Watch

Image of The night life in Algeria is full during Ramadan.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

In the opinion of many throughout Algeria, the security policy created by the country's leaders worked well. Terrorist attacks appear to have been avoided, with no recent painful tragedy shaking the country. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - During the 1990s ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Leviticus 25:1, 8-17
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
2 Then the earth will acknowledge your ways, and all ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 14:1-12
1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 1st, 2015 Image

St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori
August 1: Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and the founder of the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter