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article imageCBS News’ Lara Logan discusses her brutal sexual assault in Egypt

By Kay Mathews     May 5, 2011 in Crime
On February 11, Lara Logan, CBS’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, was brutally and repeatedly sexually assaulted while reporting from Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt and decided to speak about the mob attack on 60 Minutes.
For those who “like” Lara Logan’s Official Page on Facebook relatively frequent wall posts are the norm. One post on Feb. 8, for example, is of Charlie Rose’s interview of Lara Logan that was broadcast on Feb. 7. Rose asked Logan about the protestors and uprising in Egypt against the Hosni Mubarak regime and about Mubarak’s response.
There is a noticeable gap, however, between that post on Feb. 8 and the note that was posted on April 21 in which Logan expressed her deep sadness over the killing of her friend Chris Hondros in Libya.
What happened to Logan in the interim, as reported on, was “a brutal, sustained attack during the celebrations on Friday [Feb. 11] in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.”
More than 13,000 people “like” Logan’s Facebook page but do not have the option to make a post. Thus, for over six weeks, the page remained unused with the exception of Logan’s note concerning the death of Hondros.
The next week, however, a post appeared that alerted Logan’s FB page followers to her decision to talk about the assault in Egypt. The link was to a New York Times article that features an interview with Logan in which the following was reported:
Ms. Logan, a CBS News correspondent, was in the square preparing a report for “60 Minutes” on Feb. 11 when the celebratory mood suddenly turned threatening. She was ripped away from her producer and bodyguard by a group of men who tore at her clothes and groped and beat her body. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Ms. Logan said in an interview with The New York Times. She estimated that the attack involved 200 to 300 men.
That April 28 post received 573 comments, to date, including the following:
Carol Anne G. wrote: Breaking the silence—that has been the key to stopping many injustices over time.
Teddy K. wrote: When I heard of Gaddafi's issuing Viagra to his troops to use rape as a tool of war against the [L]ibyan women, I was so incensed that I immediately posted the story to Facebook. And I finally disclosed that I am a survivor of rape. I repeat what I wrote at the end of my post - "You can pillage my body but you can never silence my voice." You, Miss Logan, utterly epitomized that statement tonight. How proud I am of you that they could beat your body but they could not break your soul! Your grace astounds me.
Scott H. wrote: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Lara Logan is an incredible woman…integrity like no other journalist I’ve ever seen. Stay well Lara….your influence makes a big difference in this world.
 In the Field  photo of Lara Logan.
"In the Field" photo of Lara Logan.
Lara Logan's Official [FB] Page
Yesterday’s post on Logan’s page was a link to the 60 Minutes interview titled “Lara Logan breaks her silence.” That video is above and Logan’s recounting of the brutality she endured is chilling. The attack on her ended when her ravaged body fell into the lap of an Egyptian woman who put her arms around Logan and the other women “closed ranks” against the mob. Shortly thereafter, Egyptian troops arrived on the scene and took Logan back to their tank and to her colleagues.
The final post on Logan’s Facebook page is a link to the “60 Minutes Overtime” video. This interview focuses on Logan’s return home to her husband Joe and two children, spending four days in a hospital, and the “gestures that help you.”
Logan indicated that the interview with 60 Minutes will be her only televised interview concerning the details of her personal tragedy. However, it seems likely that she will continue to “break the silence” on the sexual harassment of female journalists in particular, and the sexual harassment and abuse of women more generally. The NYT quotes Logan as saying, “When women are harassed and subjected to this in society, they’re denied an equal place in that society. Public spaces don’t belong to them. Men control it. It reaffirms the oppressive role of men in the society.”
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