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Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

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Aug. 20, 2012 - FILE photo of Egyptian youth groping a woman crossing the street in Cairo, Egypt. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt's newly sworn-in president, has apologized in person to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a mob during weekend celebrations marking his inauguration. Several women were assaulted during the June 8th inaugural festivities. (AP)

Egypt is asking YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally supporting the country's newly elected president.

Presidential spokesman Ehab Badawy said in a statement late Thursday that the Egyptian Embassy in Washington made the request to YouTube, which is owned by Google Inc. Officials with YouTube could not be immediately reached Friday.

Badawy said the woman attacked asked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a visit he made to her hospital to have the video taken down.

Sexual harassment has long been a problem in Egypt, but assaults have increased dramatically both in frequency and ferocity in the three years since the ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.