At least 100 women have been sexually assaulted in some way during protests in Cairo, Egypt’s Tahir Square, Jezebel reports.
Human Rights Watch has found that during the protests of Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, over the course of the last week, women have been under assault by large groups of men whose motives are unknown, yet whose actions have devastated the Egyptian female community.
HRW deputy Middle East director Joe Stork has taken a stand in light of the Egyptian government’s lack of involvement, lamenting that “These are serious crimes that are holding women back from participating fully in the public life of Egypt at a critical point in the country’s development.”
According to Jezebel, the physical assaults against Egyptian women have varied wildly; many have been beaten with chains and sticks and dragged through the streets, while one in particular was reported to have been raped with a “sharp object.”
Law enforcement and hospital officials have been been releasing information about the survivors without their consent throughout; the Muslim Brotherhood even went so far as to out a survivor with their name and nationality on their website.