An unnamed Egyptian general has reportedly told CNN that so-called “virginity tests” were indeed carried out on some female protesters taken into custody during the massive protests that overturned former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
“We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” he reportedly said. “None of them were (virgins).”
(Editor’s note: The quote above does not appear in the video below, but is reflected in CNN’s report.)
Advocacy group Amnesty International said in March that at least 18 different women were subjected to this treatment, first at a military prison, then inside the Cairo Museum.