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'I witnessed harassment' volunteers catch 8-10 yr olds in the act
With sexual harassment usually exploding during Eid holiday, an anti-sexual harassment campaign reports perpetrators as young as 8 years old
Ahram Online, Friday 9 Aug 2013
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Campaigners documenting harassment cases in downtown Cairo (Photo: Ahram Arabic news website)

The anti-sexual harassment campaign "I witnessed harassment" confirms several cases of sexual harassment over the holiday weekend these past two days - including perpetrators as young as 8 and 10 years old.

The campaign deployed more volunteers around downtown Cairo during Eid El-Fitr, the holiday that ends the Ramadan month of fasting, when sexual harassment is known to explode.

Reports described everything from verbal to physical assault and mob sexual attacks.

Volunteers raise passersby's awareness and intervene when they see harassment. The group says they increased volunteers around cinemas when films start playing, when crowds are larger in number and harassment cases likewise increase.

Security forces on the ground were cooperative and assisted the group with its campaign.

The group complained, however, that the cinemas’ security and employees were generally uncooperative and in many times made the campaign’s work difficult.

Sexual harassment has been a growing problem in Egypt. More than 99 percent of hundreds of women surveyed in seven of the country's 27 governorates reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment, ranging from minor harassment to rape, says the UN, Egypt's Demographic Centre and the National Planning Institute in a report in April.

Last January, during demonstrations on the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising, at least 19 women were sexually assaulted by groups of men in Tahrir Square. Seven required intensive immediate medical attention.



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Roslyn
10-08-2013 04:08pm
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Ignorant infammatory statement by Nehad!
Nehad so now your dividing sexual harassers into Islamist and non Islamist? Where will this end? What proof to you have that all perpetrators are secular? Or is every Islamist in Rabaa? Your comment is so ignorant, and I saw an Islamist beat a woman in Mokattam, several months ago with my OWN EYES! Your sort of ignorant statement fuels even further division in the society, please offer proof before making statments! And just as an ending, would the Islamist women in Rabaa speak up to the 'secular' media if they were harassed?
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Egyptian
10-08-2013 12:47pm
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Egypt's second revolution should be against sexual harassment
Egyptians have always been proud of their image. How can the world ever respect a nation that does not respect itself? Punishment should be stronger and Egyptians should name and shame the criminals that stain the image of the Egyptian people with such embarassing behavior.
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Amanda
09-08-2013 08:06pm
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No Moew Excuses...
Thank you Ahram Online for writing about the issue which directly affects more Egyptians than any other, and which many publications ignore. The fact that we have young children harassing women, proves that the excuses often made for harassment are wrong: "It's because people can't afford to marry", or "Girls should cover". Eight-year old children are not overcome by lust. We have such high levels of harassment and sexual violence in our country mainly *because* we're so willing to make excuses for it, and pretend it's not happening. On the day when a woman can shout, "Harassment!" knowing that *everyone* in the crowd will come to help, not blame her for someone else's crime, is when we'll start to see an end to the problem. Women wearing the hijab actually get harassed more than those who don't, statistics show. We need to stop making excuses, and start condemning harassers not victims.
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aboujafar
09-08-2013 07:48pm
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Destroying Egypt's image and credebility
This problem (sexual harassment) is a great shame for Egypt. For goodness sake, the majority of the people are SUPPOSED to be Muslim!!! Yet, women are harassed by Egyptians and other people (supposed to be Muslims) just stand by and watch it happen! Shameful!!!
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Fuckerstandsholom
10-08-2013 01:10pm
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No Real Muslim with conviction of his faith would do it.
They are secular/liberal ( Muslims ) represented by Sisi and Albaradei. No prober Muslim like BH or jihadists would even think about it never mind contemplating the act.
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Nehad
09-08-2013 04:52pm
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I think the interior Ministry encourage rape for political reasons.
Why is it that rape and sexual assaults occure during secular rallies? Why is it that these violations are unheard of in Muslim reaalies anf sit-ins?
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Democracia
10-08-2013 06:21pm
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Strange...
Dear Nehad Why is it that rape and sexual violence is seen and reported most in Muslim countries worldwide? And I always thought that Egypt is an Islamic country. If you are speaking about secular rallies in difference to Muslim rallies (that means the secularists are Non-Muslims or what?), then I must state there are obviously more Non-Muslims in Egypt than Muslims. There must be a mistake in your arguments... Think it over again please!
Tarek
10-08-2013 02:54pm
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Sexual harassment
Want to know why? Because most of the MB supporters don't see anything wrong with sexual harassment . They'd rather cover it up and blame the victim rather than the perpetrator, because how can a MAN (sarcasm) do anything wrong? It must of been the women's fault for breathing or standing or simply just living!! You MB supporters are ridiculous, this is a problem that affects all our women. Secular, Islamists, etc. don't hide the problems that are obviously there, you fool no one.
charles
10-08-2013 02:30pm
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The problem lies in the fertility cult
Isn't that obvious?

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