Egyptians Share Their First Time Being Sexually Harassed

Activists have created a hashtag called “the first time I was sexually harassed” اول_محاولة_تحرش_كان_عمري# in response to accusations by Egyptian media figures like Tamer Amin that women invite sexual harassment. In surveys, over 90% of Egyptian women say they have been harassed.

1. “I was in the second grade, coming back home with my mother and wearing my favorite trousers … Since that day, I’ve never worn them again.”

4. “My 9-year-old cousin was a beautiful boy. He went to the shop to buy something and when he was returning home the shopkeeper went into the elevator with him and closed the door…”

6. “It was my headmaster in school, and I had to threaten him with an official complaint before he stopped.”

7. “I was 9 years old and alone in the supermarket. I didn’t know what he was doing, but people around me began shouting at him. I stood quiet and shocked.”

8. “I was 10 years old, waiting for my friend who was also my neighbor, and an older guy came and touched my behind. I stood frozen.”

9. “It was my first time wearing a skirt in years, a guy drove up in his car, hit my behind, and ran off. The worst part is that his children were with him in the car, and people around were laughing.”

13. “When I complained they didn’t believe me and they hit me and called me sick because he was close to the family.”

15. “I was 6 years old, he was a man in the market. I didn’t understand why he was did what he did, but he scared me. I didn’t say anything, but felt disgusting.”

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