Today’s Tumble: Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square
On July 3 Human Rights Watch reported that during the protests last week in Cairo more than 90 women endured mob sexual assaults, harassment or rape. These reports contribute to over 170 counts of sexual mob crime reported in the last week, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian has also compiled a HarassMap that visualizes the reported attacks against women.
The World reported on widespread sexual violence against women in Cairo’s Tahrir Square back in January, with a report about a new women-led organization intended to combat the attacks.
In that interview, member of the volunteer-only Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment Salma el-Tarzi said,
"We believe that a very big part of these assaults are organized. Sexual assault has always been a tactic used by the system to intimidate women and to punish women who take part in protests or in manifestations."