Will Women Ever Be Safe in the Streets of Cairo?
By NatashaJSmith on July 04, 2012
[Editor's note: I once longed to see Egypt. But it's become an increasingly dangerous country for women, who face shocking levels of harassment and sexual violence. Last week journalist Natasha Singer was brutally attacked by a mob of men as she was interviewing women about women’s rights. Singer has since left Cairo, but she wrote this powerful and incredibly disturbing account of the attack on her personal blog.—Mona]
Just as I realised I had reached the end of the bridge, I noticed the crowd became thicker, and decided immediately to turn around to avoid Tahrir Square. My friends and I tried to leave. I tried to put my camera back in my rucksack.
But in a split second, everything changed. Men had been groping me for a while, but suddenly, something shifted. I found myself being dragged from my male friend, groped all over, with increasing force and aggression. I screamed. I could see what was happening and I saw that I was powerless to stop it. I couldn’t believe I had got into this situation.