Survivors, Not Victims! The Problem of the Rehabilitation of Sexually Assaulted Women


human rights
sexual harassment

How to Cite

Elmohandes, A. (1). Survivors, Not Victims! The Problem of the Rehabilitation of Sexually Assaulted Women. Al-Raida Journal, 37-42.


In Egypt, girls and women, in the private and public spheres, face varied and numerous forms of sexual violence. In the public sphere, they are exposed to violence, be they activists, human rights defenders, or normal citizens. They are also at risk as they walk through the streets and squares to take the metro, on their way to their schools and universities, or in their places of work. As soon as one of them undergoes a virginity test, is sexually abused, raped, or assaulted, gang-raped, vaginally examined, orally or anally raped, or sexually harassed, everybody, be it the family, friends, the media, medical professionals, or the judiciary rush to label or stigmatize her as a “victim”.


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