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We live in a patriarchal society where men have always had an upper hand, a stronger voice and a system that supports them blindly. As a result, their sense of entitlement and the social behaviors that have stemmed have put many women in danger.
When it comes to sexual harassment, it has become so common that most women don’t even make a big deal out of it anymore. And if they do, victim-blaming or not being believed in the first place are always a possibility. For that reason, most women stay silent, refuse to speak up and are afraid to be called a liar, or even worse, be shunned by the same society that allows men to get away with sexual harassment or rape.
Sadly, the statistics of sexual harassment in Egypt are horrifying as more than 83% of Egyptian women have been subjected to some form of verbal or physical sexual abuse, sometimes even on a daily basis.
No means NO
It’s time for men to understand that their are consequences to their actions and that women should not be objectified.
It’s time for men to pay the price and be heavily punished.
It’s time for women to be heard and their voices to make a difference.
It’s time for these disgusting habits in accordance to our culture and society to change for good.
It’s time for men to understand that NO means NO.
This will only be possible when more women start to speak up and legal actions are finally taken.
Times are changing
However, times are changing and as women start to speak up, others are encouraged to share their stories. There is a huge power in numbers and together, women’s voices are starting to be heard.
But that doesn’t mean that if you’ve been sexually harassed that you need to share your story with the entire world. On the contrary, you can make a difference and get justice while still staying anonymous or at least away from the spotlight.
How to file a sexual harassment complaint
The National Council for Women announced yesterday that they would be taking testimonials from those who have been subjected to sexual harassment or rape. In order to avoid going public, victim-blaming or having to face your parents or a society who does not yet understand the seriousness of sexual harassment, there are several ways to file a complaint and receive assistance.
Call the hotline on 15115
The National Council for Women is offering psychological support and legal assistance to those who would like to come forward with their sexual harassment complaints. If you’re worried about releasing your personal information, the council emphasizes on full confidentiality of any data and complaints they will receive.
WhatsApp on 01007525600 or email ‘[email protected]’
Talking about your traumatic experience is not always easy. That’s why The National Council for Women also offers a WhatsApp number and email for any victims to speak up in whatever method they feel comfortable.
Legal actions will be taken
According to law No. 30, Article 7, provisions 13 and 14, the National Council for Women is allowed to receive and study complaints about violations of women’s rights. It also has the authority to refer their complaints to the correct authorities in hope of opening up an investigation against violence on women and take legal action when necessary.
Strength in numbers
The more women who speak up, the more evidence that can be collected and a chance to finally change this society’s rape culture and behavior. When rapists and sexual predators finally see others being prosecuted and punished for their behaviors, the fear of no longer being able to get away with it will have a huge impact on their decisions and hopefully prevent further damages from occurring.
Protection and assistance of victims
Sexual assault victims of any kind are urged to come forward and will be completely assisted and protected without any information being leaked about your identity, your story or even the circumstances that led to the assault in question.
Due to this traumatic experience, you may need to undergo therapy and coming forward will help you understand how to overcome and deal with the psychological problems it causes.
If you’re afraid your family or friends might find out, be sure any information you release will be strictly confidential and The National Council for Women will keep your identity safe.
Further Reading: How NOT to Raise Your Egyptian Son