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    Shawn Russell

    By Nafissa Assed.

    How often Libyan women are verbally abused in Libya? As a young woman who has experienced the very worst of the Libyan man’s verbal pestering, I can say that every time a woman leaves her home, not only she is frowned upon by society if she enters a restaurant alone or is seen in a car driven by a man who is not a close relative, but she is constantly verbally abused, sometime even physically.

    Libyan verbal harassment is not just offensive or annoying, it is sexually explicit, undignified and potentially scarring. No woman, adolescent, rich, poor, fat, attractive, veiled or ugly, is spared. Libyan men continually harass women because they simply can do so, without suffering any consequences.  In fact, if a Libyan woman were to report an incident to a policeman, it is very likely he would harass her as well. The Libyan authorities have largely turned a blind eye to this, backed in part by a bedouin mentality that still views women outside the home as sluts. The situation is so bad that leaving the home can turn into a risky experience.

    In Tripoli, where I work and live independently, every time I go out to run errands, I need to think twice before deciding to go out alone, because I know in advance that if I go unaccompanied, I may be inviting trouble and be repeatedly subject to sexual remarks from probably even man twice my age.

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