Egyptian women expose serial rapist leading to arrest and law change to protect their identities
Over 100 women have given testimony of abuse at the hands of the same man
An Instagram account set up in Egypt to expose a serial rapist has resulted in the arrest of the accused, as well as positive changes to the law in the African country.
The account, Assault Police, has shared over 100 testimonies from women across the country who allege that they have been harassed, assaulted and blackmailed by a man called Ahmed Bassam Zaki.
The student, who is reportedly from a wealthy family was arrested on Monday charged with indecent assault against at least three women, including one who was a minor at the time.
According to the public prosecutor he also faces charges for "attempting to have sex with two girls without their consent and indecent assault against both of them and a third girl," between 2016 and 2020.
On Wednesday, the Egyptian Government approved an anonymity bill which means that those who report sexual assault can protect their identity.
The bill was passed shortly after Mr. Zaki was arrested, meaning his survivors can come forward without fearing the repercussions of their name being publicised.
According to reports, the perpetrator admitted to contacting women via social media, and receiving intimate photos from them, threatening to send the pictures to their families should they end contact with him.
However, he denies the other charges brought against him.
In 2013, UN Women suggested that 99 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed, verbally or physically at some point in their lives.
If you have been affected by any of the themes in this article, please reach out:
Women’s Aid - 1800 34 19 00
Rape Crisis Centre - 1800 77 88 88