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Egypt's Awful Math: 99 Percent of Its Women Have Been Sexually Harassed

During his campaign to become Egypt's next president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi insisted that he would restore the "sense of shame" that he claimed had once kept sexual assaults in check in Egypt. No more than 24 hours after his inauguration, that pledge is being sorely tested.

In a video circulating online Monday, a woman can be seen being sexually assaulted by a crowd in Tahrir Square celebrating Sisi's inauguration. The video shows a woman being extricated from a violent crowd, her thighs and buttocks visibly bruised. It's an ugly, awful scene, and the video has caused a sensation online. One version being circulated has garnered more than 300,000 views. But it gets worse: The video shows just one of five women reported to have been sexually assaulted Sunday in the square, which was once synonymous with the pro-democracy movements of the Arab Spring.

It was far from the first time a sexual assault occurred in Tahrir. In one of the most notorious incidents, CBS reporter Lara Logan had her clothes ripped off by a crowd of men the night that former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Logan, who required hospitalization, said she was repeatedly violated during the attack and feared that she would be killed.

Indeed, the sexual violence marring Tahrir has been a near-constant subplot to the last three years of upheaval in Egypt. The country has a serious problem with sexual assault, and it's only gotten worse since the revolution that brought down Mubarak.

A 2013 study by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women found that virtually all Egyptian women have been victims of sexual harassment and paints a dismal picture of women's status in Egyptian society:

The study surveyed Egyptian women and found that there is virtually no place they can go where they do not experience harassment:

Moreover, sexual harassment is a depressingly regular feature of life in Egypt:

And the problem of sexual harassment has only gotten worse since Mubarak's fall:

While violence toward women can escalate to the level seen Sunday, the most common form of harassment is "whistling and verbal abuse":

And when that violence escalates to physical harassment, Egyptian women say their countrymen typically target their bodies in the following ways:

Typically, bystanders do nothing in response to sexual violence:

Meanwhile, Egypt's women suffer immensely as a result:

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The D-Day Anniversary That Was Just as Awkward as Expected

On Friday, world leaders descended on Normandy, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. That gathering included Russian President Vladimir Putin, setting up a series of, well, let's call them awkward interactions with his fellow world leaders.

President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko were all on hand for the celebration. Perhaps in memory of a time when Russia and the West played on the same team, French President Francois Hollande also invited Putin to the ceremonies, which included a ceremonial luncheon and a dance performance.

The resulting photos show some of the world's most powerful men and women -- who have been at loggerheads for months over Russia's annexation of Crimea and its aggression in eastern Ukraine -- as they attempt to make nice despite ongoing the political and economic sparring. The summit marked the first meeting between Poroshenko and Putin, but it wasn't purely ceremonial. In a brief encounter, the two men reportedly discussed a possible cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. Putin also briefly met with Obama and held more formal talks with his French, German, and British counterparts.

The best images from the get-together are below.

Here, Putin arrives for a group photo, earning some glares from his peers:

In conversation with Putin, Merkel just looks confused. The series below captures their exchange, which appears to leave Merkel somewhat baffled.



Putin seems to have an unrivaled ability to make ridiculous expressions in Merkel's company. The scene below brings to mind that time he was accosted by a naked protester at a trade show in Hanover.

At an indoor sit-down with Merkel, Putin's expression isn't ridiculous -- just bored.

It's hard not to think Putin is doing is best to ignore Poroshenko here:


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