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04.09.13

Egyptian Women Reject Rape Blame

As sexual assault and violence rises.

As reports of sexual violence skyrocket in post-revolution Egypt, women’s rights advocates are rejecting the societal blame being pushed on them. But in light of remarks like “What else does she expect when she walks down the street with tight, revealing clothes in a provocative way? What else can these men do?” from political and religious leader sheik Gamal Saber, activist groups are worried about an increasingly dangerous and conservative viewpoint. “[W]e want you [the government] to solve our problems, not to talk about a woman’s veil, or a woman’s niqab, or a woman's body,” one advocate says.