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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