Sexual violence, again and again

The international media FINALLY published pieces (here is the BBC article) on the detainment and torture – and “virginity tests” – of protesters who were forcibly removed from Tahrir on March 9!

Additionally, there is the story of the Libyan women, Iman al-Obeidi, who tried to speak to reporters in a Tripoli hotel this weekend about how she had been detained and raped by 15 government troops. Hotel staff aggressively ushered her out of the hotel and prevented journalists from helping or talking to her.

These two stories highlight how sexual violence is a tool in the arsenal of weapons that ruling powers use against women to silence them and assert their authority and power.

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