Mass sexual assault in downtown Cairo

02Nov06

From Forsoothsayer, on Unnecessary, and not very diverting, musings blog: 

On the first two days of Eid in Cairo, a mob of hundreds of men swept through downtown attacking and sexually assaulting random girls in an animalistic display that must boggle every mind. Apparently, the utter lack of basic decency, respect for women, or the rule of law was not confined to Ramadan alone – in fact, Ramadan was the only thing suppressing the baser instincts of these men. I feel sick at heart, and may never spend time downtown again, as it seems we women are actively in danger there. Will Cairo one day be like Mogadishu, where every woman is raped before she turns 16?

Who to blame? I’ll go with law enforcement. I was assigned an article once that said that a rape takes place every three minutes in North America alone; God knows what the number is worldwide. Many rapes are not reported. It is safe to say that is it futile to rail against dangerous male misconceptions of sex, and women, and consent. The only thing that can prevent sexual assault is fear of consequences, a fear that is entirely absent in Egypt. Socially, people don’t give a shit – it’s the woman’s fault, somehow, and apparently hormones serve as a complete defense to any crime. Egypt’s criminal code provides for numerous avenues of protection against assault, sexual harassment, and even unpleasant language. However, these felonies are rarely prosecuted and even more rarely reported. A woman must have witnesses or physical evidence to even file a charge. Same old, I guess. It’ll be a few decades before they realize that credibility is usually the only evidence any decision maker has in any case, and that rape should be no different. Of course, in this case, witnesses and physical evidence were plentiful, but nothing will happen. I’m also of the opinion, of course, that if pre-marital sex were feasible, forget socially permitted, there would be less pent-up frustration. But then, who creates the laws that curtail privacy rights? Who are the people that condemn women who have extra-marital sex? Men. Men who then turn around and place the blame for their choices on women. People who have religious reasons for abstention from pre-marital sex will abstain regardless, but the law has no place in the bedrooms of the nation (Pierre Trudeau), and a hymen is not the same as a character reference.

The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights has been organizing a campaign for some time against the persistent verbal and physical violence against women in Cairo. It is possible to contain it and deter it; it has virtually vanished from several Gulf countries as a result of increased police vigilance, fines, and the publicizing of the pictures of perpetrators. Something like that should be done here. Just because the men of Egypt are sexually frustrated, poor, and oppressed does not mean they can oppress others. Let’s do something – go volunteer, anything. I will. We women are Egyptians too and the streets are just as much ours as theirs.

Below is an eyewitness account I translated, in a somewhat rudimentary fashion, by Malek, a blogger who was there at the time. Find pictures at Wael Abbas.

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4 Responses to “Mass sexual assault in downtown Cairo”

  1. I am thinking I need a blackout for a while. What with this and everything else, and I’m tired of people trying to figure stuff out with academic masturbation, and wanky academic concepts.

    It’s as if men think that by a provocation of sexual arousal real or imagined they have a license to degrade women, because men refuse to see anything degrading about stimulating their male arousal no matter how it how achieved.

    Yay! we get to fuck!

    Manhood does not seem to mean very much these days

  2. 2 Miss Andry

    I heard that the Imans of the local mosques were to blame for whipping the men into a sexual frenzy beforehand and that the men were so debased they were raping each other all in the name of Muhammed. Islam truly is a barbaric religion.

  3. Whilst Islam is supposed to be non-violent, and only the extremists/fundamentalists are (supposed to be) doing all of this violence, including the case above – Islam is not particularly woman-friendly. Women are not allowed in the Mosques, or allowed general participation within most of the communities.

    I personally have difficulty in ‘accepting’ Islam when even the non-violent treatment of women isn’t good.


  1. 1 Tamer Hosny

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