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Egypt criminalizing sexual harassment 'comes too late' Published: June 6, 2014

CAIRO — A new decree making sexual harassment a crime punishable by lengthy jail times and whopping fines is a step in the right direction, women in Egypt say, but many remain skeptical that it will prove to be effective, USA Today reports.

Egypt's outgoing President Adly Mansour issued a decree this week criminalizing sexual harassment, with punishments ranging from six months to five years in jail and fines as high as $700.

Repeat offenders and those who use positions of authority at home, at work or in places of education to harass — or use a weapon during an offense — face even heftier sentences, according to USA today.

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