Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Sexual Violence Against Women Has Increased Under Egyptian Islamist Rule

Apparently, Egyptian women have seen an increase in sexual violence and harassment since the Islamists have taken leadership of the country. Not that they weren't harassed prior to the takeover of the Muslim Brotherhood. Big time.  It's just gotten worse, if that's at all possible.  The numbers are outrageous.

Sexual violence against women in Egypt has increased in the post-revolutionary Islamist rule, according to official reports and rights activists.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality said in a report published on May 23 that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual violence.

Nearly 50 percent of women reported more harassment after the revolution; 44 percent said the level of harassment remained the same before and after the revolution. Meanwhile, more than 58 percent of men surveyed said harassment increased after the revolution.

Egypt's general directorate of moral police at the ministry of interior reported that 9,468 cases of harassment, 329 sexual assaults and 112 cases of rape took place in 2012.

Activists say the figures released by the government are smaller than the actual ones because many women do not report cases of harassment against them to the police in fear of shame.

The U.N. study found that only 19 percent of women actually report sexual violence against them to the police. It said 32.2 percent keep quiet and move away from the scene, while 26.9 choose to insult or hit back the assailant.

Read the rest here.

So much for Islam treating women with dignity. Where are the Imams and Clerics? They should be condemning this kind of behaviour in their Friday afternoon prayers. They should be issuing fatwas against sexual violence and harassment.

I won't hold my breath.

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