Douchey Egyptian Police General Says Girls Are Capable Of Contributing ‘100 Percent’ To Their Own Rapes

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egypt rape tahrir squareWhile we’re seemingly all about holding pep rallys for adults who fail to report rapes in the United States, over in Cairo, the victim-blame-y script isn’t much different. In fact, it seems that for everyone stateside who talks about women and girls “preventing rape,” there’s some tool on the other side of the world espousing the same nonsense. Like a police general and lawmaker in Cairo who says girls need to somehow scrounge up ALL the responsibility for being violated. Holy Victim Blaming, Batman!

The New York Times reports that an increasing number of women have been gang raped in the single public square in Cairo, Tahrir Square. The revolution site is described as “a no-go zone for women, especially after dark.” But given that rapists keep attacking women in the square, naturally, lawmakers are trying to lay some blame. And naturally, that means blaming the victim, the time of the day, or the location. Basically, everyone but the rapist:

“Sometimes,” said Adel Abdel Maqsoud Afifi, a police general, lawmaker and ultraconservative Islamist, “a girl contributes 100 percent to her own raping when she puts herself in these conditions.”

In other helpful tips on how to avoid rape that I read on Twitter lately, pretend to be a ghost and do not appear as female in public.

(photo: Mohamed Elsayyed /