Egyptian women turned to social media this week to protest an increase in sexual harassment in their country, ABC News reports. Specifically, activists were tweeting and blogging against sexual assaults by men who on June 8 attacked a group of protesters who were speaking out against sexual harassment.
“Since March 2011, there has been an increased trend of sexual assault and harassment, especially by the military and police,” Mozn Hassan, executive director of the feminist group Nazra, tells the network.
Alleged assaults include “military-administered ‘virginity tests’ of detained female protesters” and “the internationally circulated photos, in December 2011, of a veiled woman beaten to the ground by soldiers, ripping off her clothes to expose her blue bra,” ABC reports.
“Sexual harassment,” @jazkhalifa, a tweeter in the online protest, wrote, “is a tool to keep women out of the public spaces [streets] and forcing them into the private spaces [homes].”
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