Alexandria saw highest sexual harassment rate in a year: survey  
Youth try to harass women on a street in Cairo - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egypt witnessed 1,964 sexual harassment incidents during the period from June 2014 to June 2015, according to a survey conducted by “I saw harassment” initiative.

The Mediterranean city of Alexandria witnessed the highest rate with 640 incidents while Cairo came next with 585 incidents, according to the survey.

A report released by the United Nations in June 2013 calculated that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women had been sexually harassed.

According to a report issued by Egypt’s Population Council in 2014, sexual harassment among girls aged 13-17 hiked from 46.4 percent in 2009 to 49.5 percent in 2014, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Girls aged from 13 to 29 witnessed a decrease in sexual harassment rates from 49.7 percent in 2009 to 42.6 percent in 2014.

Compared to recent years, the percentage of harassment has “significantly weakened,” Colonel Manal Atef, a member of combating anti-women violence at the Ministry of interior, told Ten TV.

The punishment for sexual harassers was toughened under amendments adopted by former interim President Adly Mansour, and assaulters now face up to five years in prison.

Two defendants were sentenced on Aug. 7 to life in prison over charges of mob sexual assault and attempted murder in Tahrir Square that occurred in early June, while another was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

A Reuters study released in November 2013 classified Egypt as the worst country in the Middle East for women, citing high rates of harassment, as well as forced marriage, and the continuing practice of female genital mutilation.

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