Raped in Tahrir Square for Daring to Oppose President Morsi


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This is the story of a woman sexually assaulted for daring to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood regime that Barack Obama, John McCain, and not so surprisingly, Senator Menendez, insist have to be part of any future Egyptian government.

She saw them running towards her as she approached Cairo’s Tahrir Square and within seconds she was surrounded.

What followed for Yasmine El-Baramawy was the most terrifying 70 minutes of her life – a prolonged, brutal rape and sexual assault by dozens of men, while a crowd looked on. And did nothing.

More than 100 thugs also beat her with sticks and slashed at her with knives – disgusting, degrading ‘punishment’ because she dared to join the protests against former President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party.

Yasmine was back in Tahrir Square yesterday – and once again felt that rising sense of panic as vast crowds clashed.

Egyptian civil rights activists say that at least 91 women were sexually assaulted or raped in Tahrir Square during protests, which began last Sunday.

The assailants operated in a climate of impunity – encouraged by religious zealots within the government who had called female protesters whores and who had blamed rape victims for not staying home. It is even believed that the gangs were paid by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Yasmine’s nightmare happened last November as she tried to join friends in the square to protest against Morsi’s constitutional changes, which granted him unlimited powers.

Despite her statuesque 5ft 9in frame, Yasmine could do nothing to stop them. The daughter of a businessman and a chemist, Yasmine is a strong, intelligent and confident young woman, who has always felt able to take care of herself. But the numbers were overwhelming.

“I didn’t know what was happening to me or when it would end. I thought that I would faint or die, but I still tried to fight back.’

She was dragged several hundred yards as the mob feverishly tore at her clothes. Some tried to cut them off while she desperately clung to her trousers.

‘When they couldn’t get the jeans off, they slit them at the back with a knife. I was bleeding from my face and nose, but that didn’t stop them.’

Surprisingly, her attackers were not feral kids or teenagers, but grown men ‘aged in their 20s to 40s.’ Some were well-dressed and respectable.

Yasmine adds: ‘One guy tried to French kiss me and I bit his tongue so hard it bled. He screamed in agony and started kicking me in the back as I lay on the ground.

‘They tried to put me in a car, but there were so many people crowding around it that they couldn’t open the door. I ended up pinned to the bonnet as they drove a block away.’

The attack continued as the vehicle crawled along at slow speed. Some of the men whispered menacingly, ‘We are going to f***  you.’

By now Yasmine was covered with blood and excrement, having been pushed into sewage on the ground.

Thankfully, she was eventually rescued by a woman dressed in traditional Islamic dress and several of her male friends and neighbours.

She blames a cultural acceptance of sexual harassment and an orchestrated campaign by the state for what happened – and is calling for a comprehensive national strategy on the part of the government to change public attitude.

Mervat El-Tallawy, a prominent Egyptian female politician, told The Mail on Sunday it was women who had suffered most under Morsi’s regime.

‘His party regard them as little more than chattel and sex slaves,’ says Ms El-Tallawy, chairwoman of the National Women’s Council.

She described the mob rapes as ‘sexual terrorism’ aimed at scaring women into a submissive role.

‘In February 2012, members of  the Shura Council, Egypt’s legislative body, blamed women for the increase in sexual assaults “because they put themselves in such circumstances’’,’ says Mrs El-Tallawy. ‘In doing  so, they sent the signal that it is OK for a man to touch any woman in the street.

‘Morsi’s government moved to deny women the right to right to seek a divorce under Islam, supported female circumcision, sacked women in top government jobs and tried to lower the age of consent for girls to marry from 18 to nine.

‘His party is notoriously anti-women. Its members don’t see us as citizens, even though we make up nearly half the population.

‘They want to treat us like slaves whose role is to bear babies and serve the sexual needs of men. They have tried to take us from a modern, civilised and religiously tolerant country back into the dark ages.’

It might be a stretch to say that Egypt was ever all that religiously tolerant but there is no doubt that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood made things worse. But despite that Obama and McCain seem determined to put the Brotherhood back in power.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “‘Morsi’s government moved to deny women the right to right to seek a divorce under Islam, supported female circumcision, sacked women in top government jobs and tried to lower the age of consent for girls to marry from 18 to nine.”

    That’s the “democratic government” that 0′Bama still seeks to protect. To this day.

    • OfficialPro

      Which of course, his Identity Politics Marxism will cause him to think garbage like “Well America is hated because we judge other cultures, so if we look down on cultures that lower the age of consent to 9, they’ll hate us more.”

      And that’s whether or not he’s actually a stealth Muslim.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        He’s a Muslim according to Islam, and he’s a cultural Muslim as well. He wears a ring that states “Allah akbar” so what else do we need to know?

  • Carlos SpicyWeener

    When will the Demotards understand that “being loved by savages” is not a foreign policy that serves National interests?

  • elevenhundred

    Actually she was probably raped because Muhammadan men are taught that it is not their responsibility to control their urges. Mix that into a mass gathering? Hundreds of reported sexual assaults in a matter of days.

    • defcon 4

      Sarcastically speaking, they probably figured she was dressed like a “whore” so why not? Maybe if she had been wearing a head bag, or full body bag they would’ve respected her more, because she would then be seen as respecting herself and the holey quran all the more-si.

      • HappyandProud

        Surveys of Egyptian women have shown that wearing ‘modest’ clothing, a hijab, or a burqa, does NOT protect them from sexual molestation. The rate of molestation for women – over 90% have been sexually harassed, molested, or raped – is the same for both secular and non-secular women, and is not affected by clothing.

  • http://onfollowingchrist.wordpress.com Paul B.

    Muhammad approved of sex slaves and human chattel. Islam takes the worst aspects of human nature and gives them false religious cover. The alliance between islam and Western secularists is ironic, since they ultimately are polar opposites. But one thing they share in common for now is their goal to tear down Biblically-informed Western civilization.

    God bless brave women like Yasmine, who are willing to come forward with their stories. Now the question is whether there is still enough decency in the West to respond appropriately. May the light of the Gospel, which gives dignity to men and women alike, shine on all peoples.

  • jcd0101

    I am sorry this happened to you..
    No woman should be raped or abused or tortured like that.
    It is even more evil when it is your own government that sanctioned this attack..