Raped and Threatened More Than 150 Women: Online Campaign Gets a Predator Arrested in Egypt

Published July 5th, 2020 - 08:27 GMT
Raped and Threatened More Than 150 Women: Online Campaign Gets a Predator Arrested in Egypt
Twitter users urged each other to continue tweeting in support of rape survivors to ensure a just law rule against Zaki. (Albawaba)

Egyptian police have reportedly arrested a serial rapist and predator who has been the target of an online campaign against sexual assault; after hundreds of women and men came forward with personal anecdotes of being amongst his victims during the last few years.

Social media users have for days used a hashtag with Ahmed Bassam Zaki's name encouraging his victims to report him to officials. This was after several women started narrating their personal experiences being assaulted and raped by the American University of Cairo's alumnus during the last few years.

Two years ago, several AUC students took to a Facebook group exposing Zaki's crimes against them before he threatened to commit suicide, claiming that he's suffering personal issues, which urged the remaining victims to stay silent.

Additionally, many of Zaki's female victims explained that he had threatened to communicate with their families "telling them that they were in a relationship with him," which is why many of them were hesitant to expose his behavior.

In addition to 150 women, a young man also went in detail talking about Zaki's approach forcing victims into sexual intercourse before he insults and abandons them.

Online voices demanded officials to take action against the sexual predator who, according to victims, lives in a high-class compound with his well-off family.

Reacting to news of his arrest, Twitter users urged each other to continue tweeting in support of rape survivors to ensure a just law rule against Zaki.

In an unprecedented move, Al-Azhar Institute's 10th edition of its newsletter included a cover dedicated to incriminating violence against women and encouraging reporting it. The cover included a hashtag that said "reassure your daughters."

Some users continued tweeting in efforts to raise awareness of the importance of reporting rapists and sexual harassers', saying that none of the victims should feel ashamed to speak up against their predators. 

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