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Woman Is Sexually Harassed At Cairo University After Removing Her Abaya

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Updated 04/2/2014 11:41am

Jenna Boures

Staff Writer

@jboures

In recent news, a woman was sexually harassed while walking through the Cairo University campus. Video footage of the incident has caused an incendiary reaction from people around the globe. The video shows the anonymous blonde woman walking through the campus as groups of men whistle and yell at her.  At one point, a group of men touched her and attempted to remove her clothing, which consisted of a bright pink long-sleeved shirt and jeans. The woman was escorted off of the University’s campus by guards after hiding in a toilet to escape the harassment. The video was uploaded to YouTube on March 18, and has received over 100,000 views since its launch. The story gained more attention due to the comments of Gaber Nasser, the Dean of the University, who stated that the woman’s attire was “a bit unconventional” and provoked the harassers. “This girl entered the university wearing an abaya [a loose cloak] and then took it off in the faculty, and appeared with those clothes, that caused, in reality — but this doesn’t justify at all — [the incident],” Nasser said to Egyptian channel ONTV. Nasser later said that he had been misquoted, and publicly apologized via Twitter. “I assure that this is not true and I apologise for the misunderstanding and I repeat that those who [harassed the girl] will be severely punished,” he wrote. Egypt’s treatment of women and the country’s ignorance surrounding sexual harassment has prompted many fiery reactions on social media, many of which were aimed at Nasser for his comments. Last year the UN reported that 99% of women in Egypt felt they had been sexually harassed.

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