As the massive protests against Egypt's President Muhammad Morsi continue, one group has emerged in response the shocking number of sexual assaults that have been reported out of Tahrir Square since the beginning of the most recent wave of uprisings. Tahrir Bodyguard was formed in December 2012 as coalition of men and women who patrol the crowds at Tahrir Square throughout the unrest in Egypt and has grown to be the main group that protects the women who are subjugated to unspeakable violence amidst the crowds there.
Female protesters in Tahrir Square are the target of gang rapes and group sexual harassment at virtually every large political gathering. It's a known issue, and one that has sparked debate about the status of women an Egyptian society in the grips of political upheaval. The jarring image of "The Girl in the Blue Bra," depicting a protester being dragged and beaten by uniformed military, has come to be the symbol of women's struggle to participate in Egypt's uprisings. But despite the graffitied blue bras that dot the buildings surrounding Tahrir Square in solidarity with female protestors, sexual assaults in the heaving crowds have seemingly worsened. Almost 100 women were assaulted this week alone.