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Egypt: YouTube Sexual Assault Video Should Be Removed From Site

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A female protester holds a sign, near police officers as she joins others protesting against sexual harassment after a woman was sexually assaulted by a mob during Sunday's celebrations, marking the new president's inauguration in Tahrir square, in Cairo June 11, 2014.

By    |   Friday, 13 Jun 2014 05:03 PM

YouTube has been asked by Egypt to take down a video showing a naked woman, the victim of a sexual assault, being dragged through Cairo Square during presidential inauguration celebrations.

The assault took place Sunday night in Tahrir Square as thousands of people celebrated President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration, Reuters said. Seven men, aged 15 to 49, were arrested after the video was posted for sexually harassing women during the event.

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"The Egyptian embassy in Washington D.C. and a number of Egyptian authorities, at the direction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have requested the YouTube administration to remove the video of the sexual assault victim," a Sisi spokesman told Reuters. "This came in response to her wish, which she expressed during the president's visit to her yesterday at the hospital to check on her condition.”

Ahram reported that the victim asked to have the video removed from YouTube, telling Sisi that her daughter "broke down" whenever she saw it.

Ahram said it was not clear if the video that went viral was of the woman that Sisi went to visit in the hospital.

Sisi said that a police officer who helped the woman on the video should be honored, Reuters reported.

Egypt is taking steps to punish sexual harassment and has promised to fight sexual violence. Some have expressed concern that Sisi won’t follow through, pointing to remarks he apparently made defending an army policy of doing “virginity tests” on protesters who said they were abused.

Reuters quoted a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey that said Egypt is the worst country in the Arab world in which to be a woman because of high rates of sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, and violence.

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