Thousands of Egyptians are protesting President Mohamed Morsi’s dictatorial power grab today in Tahrir Square. They are up against a crackdown by police as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. Female protesters, however, face an additional threat: sexual assault. Since CBS correspondent Lara Logan was brutally raped while covering the Arab Spring in early 2011, Egypt has seen an uptick in sexual assaults on women during mass demonstrations in Tahrir Square, and it appears that women participating in today’s protest are at risk:
Women should be free to assemble and speak freely without fear of bodily harm. We pray for their safety.