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Details of Lara Logan sex assault in Egypt revealed

loganlara043011_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

After her brutal attack from a violent mob of over 200 men in Cairo, CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan decided almost immediately that she was going to speak out, with details, about sexual violence on behalf of other journalists.

During the incident, Logan lost contact with her crew for about 25 minutes and said she did not expect to survive the sexual assault and beating that she faced. "There was no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying," she told “60 Minutes’” Scott Pelley, in an interview set to air Sunday.

Before her assault, Logan said she had not known about the amount of harassment and abuse that women in Egypt and other countries were facing on a regular basis. “When women are harassed and subjected to this in society, they’re denied an equal place in that society,” she said to The New York Times. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands."

She thought of her two young children to help her survival. Logan said, “ I felt like I had been given a second chance because I came so close to leaving them.”

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In the weeks following Ms. Logan’s assault, other women spoke out about being harassed and assaulted during overseas trips. Over a dozen journalists have been detained in Libya during the past two months.

After she was rescued from her attackers by a group of civilians and Egyptian soldiers, Logan was flown back to the United States. “She was quite traumatized, as you can imagine, for a period of time,” said Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes.”

Fager told Third Age that Logan’s interview would hopefully raise awareness of the sexual violence female journalists often face when reporting.



 
Comments (5)
5 Tuesday, 03 May 2011 20:15
mamadoenut
Not even animals behave so barbarically. In nature, the dominant male will sexually mate with the female. These men deserve to burn in hell. I agree with the above post in that Bush had to put these people in line.
4 Monday, 02 May 2011 09:11
Leah
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3 Sunday, 01 May 2011 23:51
christine rouse
I think it is really a bad statement on us (as women) to down this reporter. She was doing her job. Her job did take her where there was a threat of violence, as it did for 18 years. While we were sitting home watching her speak from places we would never enter she was risking her life. What happened was horrid and brutal and no excuse can be given to those that attacked her. For anyone to say she should have known better I say to you "Shame on you". You get off your couch and make a difference in the world.
2 Sunday, 01 May 2011 21:20
Thought Crime
Seriously, in the midst of a revolution you put on make-up and go into a crowded dark place filled with tens of thousands of men in a society that women are frequently beaten and raped. Sounds like a not so brilliant idea to me.
1 Sunday, 01 May 2011 19:05
chubrock25
Imagine that, the people in that part of the world acting like animals! I feel sorry for her and her family, but what was she thinking going there?
This type of animal behavior is why President Bush did what he did in Irag with Sadam and his twisted regime. When will people wake up to the type of behavior that's accepted and typical in that part of the world?

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