The White House today called on Egypt's government to do more to protect women in the wake of a spate of sexual assaults during recent demonstrations.
Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the White House had seen the reports of sexual violence, "including gang rapes" and is "deeply concerned about them."
He called the attacks a "cause of great concern to the United States, the international community and to many Egyptians. These victims are the mothers, wives, daughters and sisters of Egypt."
Earnest said the Egyptian government has a responsibility to take legal measures to prevent sexual violence and to prosecute those involved.
"The idea that some Egyptians are blaming the victims for being raped and assaulted is abhorrent," he said. "We strongly condemn these views and reaffirm the right of women to express themselves in public squares alongside men as well as the responsibility of the Egyptian government to protect them.
"We urge the government to make good on its promises to govern for all of its citizens and we call on the Egyptian people to exercise their rights peacefully and respect the rights of their fellow citizens."