Where do survivors of sexual violence turn? The case of Ahmed Bassam Zaki
Dozens of accusations of sexual assault, harassment, and blackmail by a 21-year-old university student that first came to light on social media have ignited a firestorm in Egypt over the past week. The case of Ahmed Bassam Zaki, who is currently in police custody, made headline news and reverberated across the country, sparking a wider conversation about sexual violence in Egypt and prompting the government to react with proposed changes to legislation.
This piece from Mada Masr, a hardworking independent outlet in Egypt, covers sexual assault. However, it also delves into the Egyptian government’s actions against users of TikTok including prostitution charges as authorities continue a crackdown on some forms of free expression.