/43 years old
I was sexually assaulted by a group of men in Tahrir square on the day when former president Mohammed Morsi took office in 2012. The square was full of people celebrating and I was going there to do my job as a photojournalist reporting from the scene. I was with a male friend but it didn’t prevent them from harassing me. I was rescued before being raped but I still remember every hand touching my body.
It wasn’t the first time I got harassed. I remember being harassed by a family member when I was just 5 years old. All these memories inside my head are affecting the way I’m choosing what to wear and the way I’m behaving while walking down the streets. This is why I become very aggressive in the street if anyone gets close to me. Also, I do not feel comfortable anymore in my clothes even when I’m going to wedding parties or celebrations. I became more embarrassed of my body; I lost my relationship with my body.
What happened to me in Tahrir square was the moment that made me collect all the dresses and clothes I had at that time and store them in 2 bags. Now, I try to just wear normal clothes that help me avoid the looks of people in the street.