Egypt's National Council for Women follows rape, harassment accusations by group of women against young man

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 - 04:22 GMT

Ahmed Bassem Zaki accused of harassing and raping a number of women

Ahmed Bassem Zaki accused of harassing and raping a number of women

CAIRO - 2 July 2020: The National Council for Women stated it is closely monitoring the case raised by a group of girls who accused a young man of sexual harassment, publishing evidence against him on an Instagram account that attracted many followers over past few days.

President by Dr. Maya Morsy, the council called on concerned bodies to investigate the issue, and take necessary measures.

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The Council also called on all girls to file official police reports against the young man, Ahmed Bassem Zaki, so that he gets the punishment he deserves as per the law, and becomes an example for whomever touches or harasses girls.

A group of girls created an Instagram account a few days ago, collecting evidence against a young man that includes testimonies on numerous rape incidents committed by him, incidents of sexual harassment, and inappropriate text and voice messages that he sent to several girls. The group has been followed by more than 3,000 followers.

It collected evidences including voice messages of girls were blackmailed by Zaki, and were scared as he threatened “to ruin their lives” if they rejected to engage in sexual practice with him.


How did it start?

More than 100 girls provided evidence that Ahmed Bassam Zaki has previously harassed them online or in real life.

The allegations were made in 2016, when Zaki was studying at the American International School (AIS) in Cairo.

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In 2018, a girl came forward on the American University in Cairo’s Facebook Group “Rate AUC Professors” claiming Ahmed Bassam Zaki was harassing her and two of her friends, according to Assault Police account on Instagram.

Over 50 other girls were shocked and admitted that they had similar uncomfortable experiences with him

Ahmed Bassam claimed to suffer personal issues, and announced he would commit suicide in university if girls didn’t stop accusing him. The case fell quiet and he transferred to a university in Spain.


Accusations of rape, and pedophile

According to the messages shared on the group, one of the victims said that she, her sister and friends were harassed by Zaki, and that she had to go out with him by force saying that “he bullied them the entire time,” and threatened to expose their chats.”

“He created fake accounts of girls threatening us as well… he haunted us for three consecutive years. He pops up out of nowhere,” she said.

She further explained how he bullied them, “he sexualized everything we said 24/7…kept calling us ugly and easy to obtain…tried to touch us several times.”

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A PSA alert was put out of his sexual assault of a girl in the American University in Cairo, which triggered several other stories to come out.

All testimonies were sent to a person called Shady Noor, who in turn published them to expose Zaki. The published testimonies showed allegations of rape and pedophilia.

One of the evidence published said that Zaki was 21, when he “tried to manipulate a 14-year old girl to lose her virginity to him.” The girl said that he started messaging her friends and sister to get back with her.

Another testimony was by a man who said that he saw Zaki once in Rehab city inside a car with a girl, and he was forcing her into sexual act, locking the doors and she looked frightened. The man broke the car window, got her out and punched Zaki in the face when he got in their way.

One of the victims who spoke up said she was forced to abandon her family, friends and even move to another country because of Zaki’s threats.

She explained that he deceived her with his “decent way” in the beginning, before he convinced her to come to his house, and then he raped her. “I tried to scream but nothing came out. When he took what he wanted I saw blood on my clothes, I panicked,” the message read.

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