07.10.136:00 AM ET

Women Afraid to Protest in Egypt

Due to high number of reported sexual assaults.

According to one Egyptian woman, Nashwa Youssef, her husband “has completely refused to let me go with him (to the protests); he was worried that violence would break out unexpectedly or that there was the risk of sexual harassment.” This fear of Youssef’s has become typical in Egyptian woman and almost expected from them. It is also because of a lack of police intervention in the mob sexual assaults that women do not go out: in the over 170 cases of sexual assault reported in Tahrir Square and in front of the presidential palace since June 30, there has been only one arrest.