Figures. Corrupt Media Blames Rampant Sexual Abuse in Mideast on “Boredom & Unemployment”
They didn’t seem to notice that during many of the protests this month in Egypt the men and women were often separated.
People pray on Tahrir, or Liberation Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday Jan. 31, 2011. A coalition of opposition groups called for a million people to take to Cairo’s streets Tuesday to ratchet up pressure for President Hosni Mubarak to leave. (AP/Ben Curtis)
The women were excited to be at the rally… Off to the side.
Women demonstrate in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city’s main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power. (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Of course, there’s a reason why the women are separated from the men in Egypt. A recent study revealed that 83 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women in Cairo said they had been harassed.
The media blamed boredom and unemployment on the rampant sexual abuse.
The AP reported:
Sexual harassment remains widespread in Egypt, and even women covered up by veils and long robes in strict Islamic dress say they are not immune.
A 2008 survey by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights found that 83 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women in Cairo said they had been harassed — while 62 percent of men admitted to harassing.
Harassment is often the flip side of conservative mores. Men who believe women should stay out of the public sphere tend to assume that those seen in the streets are fair game. Widespread unemployment leaves young men bored, frustrated and unable to marry.
Police witnessing harassment have a history of not interfering or even joining in, going after female political activists in particular, Darwiche said. In 2005, plainclothes agents trying to break up a rally by female anti-government protests tore at their clothes and pulled their hair.
A proposed law banning sexual harassment and outlining criminal punishment was never put to a vote to parliament. It’s unlikely to see any action during Egypt’s ongoing political turmoil, with parliament dissolved and elections not expected for several more months.
For some reason even with the record Obama unemployment numbers here in America we’re not seeing the same sexual abuse epidemic.
Maybe there’s more to it than just boredom and joblessness?