Egyptian Women Face Increased Sexual Harassment and Violence

"A revolution doesn't end all our problems."


By now, everyone has heard about CBS News correspondent Lara Logan's sexual assault and beating by a mob of unidentified men in Tahrir Square.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the attack was not surprising to Egyptian women, who are all too familiar with such behavior. And it's getting worse:

"There is increasing violence against women in our society," said Nehad Abul Komsan, head of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, a nongovernmental group that campaigns against such abuse.

Theories abound to explain the violence. Unable to find decent jobs or affordable apartments, many men don't marry until their mid-30s, social scientists say. Premarital sex is taboo, so sexual frustration is said to run abnormally high.

Unfortunately, as Kosman explained, the assault is a reminder that violence didn't disappear with the end of Mubarak's presidency. "The respite we saw at Tahrir was temporary," she said. "It means a revolution doesn't end all our problems." Especially for women.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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