Egypt sexual assaults draw prison terms (via the New York Times)
”An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced nine men accused of sexual assault to terms of 20 years to life, in an apparent sign that officials were following through on a personal promise by Egypt’s new president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, to crack down on sexual violence against women.”
In case you haven’t heard.
Now I’m not saying Egypt doesn’t have a sexual assault problem, because they do. But I think it’s worth pointing out that the international media applaud Egypt, and international governments pressure Egypt, into putting perpetrators of sexual assault in jail, while here in America, a rapist going to jail for 20 years—or even being sentenced for 20 years, without serving all of it—is basically unheard of. And we devote articles to all of the reasons why the issue here, in America, is “murky” or “complicated.” Egypt’s got a lot of messed up gender relations issues, but I hate how we can praise other countries like they’ve finally joined civilized society, where we can’t even implement the same sentences here.
I think I’ve been dedicating too much time to researching sexual assault in Indiana for a story I’m obsessing over, but I’m just throwing that out there.