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Thu Jul 17, 2014, 02:22 PM

Egypt court sentences 7 to life in prison for sexual assaults in public squares

It's a start I guess


By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to life in prison on Wednesday for sexual assaults on women during public rallies in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, in the first such heavy sentences since the government vowed to crack down on rampant sexual violence.

Sexual harassment has long been a problem in Egypt, but assaults have become more frequent and brutal since the 2011 overthrow of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, with frenzied mobs targeting women who take part in political gatherings.

The charges stemmed from four different incidents of sexual assault this year and last year, including during celebrations of the inauguration of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in June.

Videos of the brutal attacks posted online caused a public outcry, and pushed the new leader to make the highest profile condemnation of the escalating phenomenon and order a crackdown on perpetrators. A week later, 13 suspects were sent to trial in a speedy referral aimed at sending a message of deterrence.

"This is the first verdict in a case of sexual assault in the history of this country," said Mozn Hassan, director of Nazra for Feminist Studies, which provides legal representation for victims. "This could open the door for ending impunity in such cases."

The sentencing session was aired live on TV, indicating the government hoped it would serve as a deterrent.

Judge Mohammed el-Fiqqi sentenced the seven men to life in prison, with four of them receiving multiple life sentences. An eighth defendant received two 20-year jail sentences and a ninth received a single 20-year sentence.

The five were given multiple sentences after being found guilty of taking part in more than one attack.

Hassan said she hoped the verdicts were not the last, and that authorities would investigate the 500 cases of sexual violence in Tahrir Square since 2011 that her center has documented. Sexual violence is often unreported, particularly in conservative countries like Egypt, because women are ashamed to come forward, and where it is hard to identify perpetrators during the attacks by dozens of men.


http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2014/07/16/egypt-sentences-7-to-life-for-sexual-assaults

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 02:43 PM

1. rape and assault are not "sexual harassment"

Journalists need to think more about the words they choose when they write about rape.

I'm glad the courts dealt with these men harshly. I hope they show continued commitment to prosecuting rape cases.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 02:47 PM

2. I think Egypt has been embarrassed into action

I also think author was actually trying to differentiate between the two and had a crappy sentence structure. But perhaps I'm being overly generous...

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 06:16 PM

3. WTF??: "This is the first verdict in a case of sexual assault in the history of this country"



Wonder if this progressive regime will now end the "virginity tests" it subjects female protestors to.

http://theconversation.com/women-empowered-but-abused-as-they-stand-up-to-egypts-military-junta-25512

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