Target: Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
Goal: Support victims of sexual assault during Egyptian protests
While millions of Egyptians have taken to the streets in marches and protests for the past few years, sinister mobs of organized sexual predators have joined the crowds in order to target female activists. The predators generally surround a woman and take turns groping, assaulting, and raping her. When she screams out for help, the men overpower her cries with shouts of their own, telling the crowd that they’re protecting her. In the confusion of the mob, the victim is left helpless.
Local human rights groups have claimed that more than 100 victims have been assaulted this way since the protests on June 28 to oust President Mohamed Morsi. Considering the general proportion of reported assaults to actual assaults, we can faithfully assume there have been many more attacks than those recorded. Victims range from young people to the elderly.
I Saw Harassment, Operation Anti-Harassment/Assault, and Tahrir Bodyguards are some rights groups founded to aid the victims of these assaults, deploying volunteers to demonstration sites and establishing a hotline. With targeted financial aid, they would be able to reach more victims and create more awareness in order to prevent these types of systematic attacks.
Sexual harassment and assault are some of the oldest methods used to silence women and to set them apart from the general population. These predators are sending an organized message to women that they do not belong and have no right to participate in their nation’s history. Please sign this petition to give aid to the human rights groups supporting these brave women in their struggle for freedom and autonomy.
Dear Administrator Shah,
The recent demonstrations in Egypt have been monumental and historic democratic events, ones in which the populace should not be denied participation. However, due to the organized and systematic sexual assault against Egyptian women, these assemblies have become actual torture for many women.
The United States is capable of supporting the human rights organizations established to prevent these attacks and to aid women who have been victims of the attacks. Organizations such as I Saw Harassment, Operation Anti-Harassment/Assault, and Tahrir Bodyguards are associations worth supporting.
Please consider granting federal aid to these social initiative groups, and stand for the freedom and bodily autonomy of women all over the world.
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