The myth of how the hijab protects women against sexual assault | Women Under Siege Project
Continuing to perpetuate the myth of the magical hijab only makes the problem grow. It doesn’t actually solve anything. For that, we need to be able to openly talk about this problem, raise awareness, educate people, draft laws against it, and have law enforcement agencies that actually act upon criminal complaints against men who carry out these crimes. If that had been in place in the 1980s, maybe Neelo—or the millions of other victims like her—wouldn’t have had to endure the pain she lived with for years.
To wear or not to wear the hijab is a personal choice that must be protected. Many women who wear it choose to do so and take joy in their gesture of modesty and piety. This, however, is not about the hijab or women’s choice. It’s about pseudo-science and misogyny.