Two more female journalists suffered sexual assault in the hands of Egyptian police and protesters while covering the unrest going on in Tahrir Square in Cairo Egypt. One of the journalists is Egyptian-American Mona Elthawy.
Elthawy, who is an award-winning journalist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues, said she was sexually assaulted by the police when she was brought into detention after taking part in the protests in Tahrir Square.
The New York-based journalist revealed what happened through her Twitter account, “Besides beating me, the dogs of [central security forces] subjected me to the worst sexual assault ever. Five or 6 surrounded me, groped and prodded my breasts, grabbed my genital area and I lost count how many hands tried to get into my trousers.”
She also posted pictures of herself in a cast with the post, “My left arm and right hand are broken [according] to xrays.”
Aside from Elthawy, another journalist working for TV channel France 3 also revealed the grueling sexual assault that she’s been subjected to while covering the . Caroline Sinz told AFP that she and her cameraman got separated when they came across a crowd of young people on the road going to Tahrir.
According to Sinz, “We were filming in Mohammed Mahmud street when we were mobbed by young people who were about 14 or 15. We were then assaulted by a crowd of men. I was beaten by a group of youngsters and adults who tore my clothes," she said.
She termed the assault as something that “would be considered rape.”
“Some people tried to help me but failed. I was lynched. It lasted three quarters of an hour before I was taken out. I thought I was going to die,” she said.
Good thing a group of Egyptians were able to rescue her. She was taken to her hotel and was assisted by the French embassy before she was checked out by a doctor.
This isn’t the first time that this happened to a reporter in Tahrir Square. Lara Logan was also assaulted on the same day that Hosni Mubarak plunged down from power. Her story was pretty much like that of Caroline Sinz.