Muslim Women's March Organizer Accused of Enabling Sexual Assault Against Employee
A woman who once worked for Linda Sarsour, the Muslim organizer of the Women's March, accused the activist of covering up her sexual assault claims. She said Sarsour and other leaders of her organization dismissed the claims because the man who had allegedly abused her was a "good Muslim." Furthermore, she claimed Sarsour destroyed her career.
The woman, Asmi Fathelbab, directly brought allegations of groping and unwanted touching to Sarsour. In response, the self-described champion of women attacked the alleged victim, claiming that she was not pretty enough to be assaulted.
"She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women," said Fathelbab, a former employee at the Arab American Association, an organization Sarsour helped lead at the time. "Women who put [Sarsour] on a pedestal for women's rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us."
"And yes, some women BELIEVE that just because you have a big butt you are no longer a woman and do not run into women issues as they do. As some men see you should be grateful that they even considered assaulting you," Fathelbab posted on Twitter.
Fathelbab, a 37-year-old New York native raised in a Muslim household, revealed these allegations in an interview with The Daily Caller on Sunday. She began working with the Arab American Association of New York in 2009 when Sarsour was executive director at the organization. She worked there for almost a year.
"I was stalked to and from work and inside the building. I complained to a supervisor that there was a strange man stalking me and was informed that he did not actually work there but lived upstairs above the office," Fathelbab said in a statement to the Daily Caller. "He would sneak up on me during times when no one was around and, depending on what floor I was on, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs."
She continued, "I would be thrown and pinned up against the wall by him. He had a tendency of sneaking up behind me to touch me."
"While this would go on, the acting director, Linda Sarsour, would tell me each time that I was over reacting, even threatened to fire me once when she heard me screaming from the second floor because this man came out of nowhere and touched me," the woman said. "According to Sarsour, something like that did not happen to someone that looked like “me” and no one would ever believe me if I ever told them what happened. How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my lies."