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Egyptian Newscaster Tells Student She Was Assaulted Because She Was “Dressed Like A Hooker”

A law student at Cairo University was sexually assaulted on Wednesday and had to be rescued by campus security. Now activists are publicly shaming those who blame the female student for what she was wearing.

1. This is the image released Monday night of a female student who was sexually assaulted at Cairo University. The president of the university, Gaber Nassar, said her outfit was a “mistake.”

2. Tamer Amin, a well-known Egyptian talk show host, also had quite a bit to say about the incident.

A group of Egyptian activists were incensed by what Amin had to say and created an event on Facebook called “The public campaign to sexually harass Tamer Amin.” On the page, they suggest that Amin might also be dressed in a provocative manner, “jiggling his bits” in public and on TV.

“Tamer Amin appears to us as a public figure on television excusing sexual harassment. The person who does this deserves himself to be harassed,” read the description on the event page.

In the comments, women describe their own experiences with harassment. According to polls that have been conducted by the United Nations, over 90% of women in Egypt say they have experienced sexual harassment.

On Twitter, activists also created a hashtag in Arabic that translates as “First Sexual Assault” in which women — and men — have begun sharing their first experience with being assaulted or harassed in Egypt - #اول_محاولة_تحرش_كان_عمري. Many have reached out to the harassed female student to tell her she is not alone.

Video translated by Maged Atef.

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Sheera Frenkel is a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in San Francisco. She has reported from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and across the Middle East. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 4A53 A35C 06BE 5339 E9B6 D54E 73A6 0F6A E252 A50F
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