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CBS Reporter Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted in Cairo

CBS Reporter Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted in Cairo

Amid the jubilations on February 11, the day that Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS news reporter Lara Logan was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted after being separated from her crew by a “mob” of more than 200 people “whipped into a frenzy.”  She was eventually saved by a group of Egyptian women and soldiers and is recovering in the hospital, according to a statement released by CBS.

Logan was covering the celebrations, which were mostly peaceful, for “60 Minutes.”  The news of the attack has come late, which suggests that CBS was attempting to protect Logan’s privacy.  Reporters became a significant target during the protests, and several were killed, including an Egyptian photographer.  Many international news agencies pulled their coverage following these spates of violence, but the euphoria in the streets led many to believe that the threat of attack was over.  Logan had at least one security official as a member of her crew, which did little good.

This attack is particularly tragic because Logan was known as an intrepid journalist, reporting on war zones for almost twenty years.  She made her name covering the 2001 war in Afghanistan for a British news station and later covered the war in Iraq.  She was lauded for her reporting with an Emmy, an Overseas Press Club Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.  She’s also the mother of two young children.

It’s also disturbing that the joy in the crowds turned, even in one instance, to sexual and physical violence.  This is especially disappointing because so many women were seen on the streets during the Egyptian protests, and women were prominent among the uprising’s organizers.

As Anna North, writing for Jezebel, points out, it’s also tempting to probe for more details, especially given the Esquire interview published the day before Logan was attacked.  In it, she describes being “blindfolded” and put in “stress positions” by the Egyptian army, and accused of being Israeli spies.  And even though she was “violently ill,” Logan wasn’t given medical attention until she vomited all over her interrogation cell.

I’m sure that more details will come out soon, and we’ll keep you posted as they do.  But now, all we can do is send Logan our best wishes for an emotional and physical recovery, and hope that her family’s privacy is preserved through this traumatic time.

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7:57PM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

noted

4:31PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

What I find particularly disgusting is the statement "This attack is particularly tragic because Logan was known as an intrepid journalist, reporting on war zones for almost twenty years" Why is it more tragic given that this poor woman is well known as opposed to being just some unknown woman? In my opinion, it is "particularly tragic" when ANY woman is sexually assaulted, whether she is know by many or by few.

9:04AM PST on Mar 3, 2011

It does not matter how deep you fall, what matters is how high you bounce back.
http://www.newscollective.com/blog/?p=3729

9:20AM PST on Mar 1, 2011

It makes me sad to see people on this forum singling out a race or a religion, calling them names. This is a forum to share opinions and knowledge --at least that is the way I see it. It is not a place to display racism.

3:53PM PST on Feb 26, 2011

May God give her true healing in body and mind. Whoever did this is not behaving as a Muslim. As has been said, it could well have been Mubarak's paid thugs, who were sent out to cause chaos and fear, and to try to sto. the demonstrations.
Rape is forbidden in Islam, whether the woman is modestly
dressed or not. In fact a man should not even look at any
woman unnecessarily, or even touch her, if she is not his wife or close family! If Muslim Immigrants behave in this way in Sweden, it is likely that they are ignorant and from deprived backgrounds, possibly on drugs ( also forbidden in Islam), and having very little knowledge of Islam in their upbringing. So please don't say that it is Muslims or Islam that has caused this attack on this admirable reporter. This is an insult to both, and misinformation, designed to spread discord.
family.

3:59PM PST on Feb 25, 2011

This saddens me. Unfortunately it is going take centuries to educate certain males

11:05AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

GOD bless u

7:12PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

may God bless you.

3:55AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

OMG! I wish her full recovery.

2:31PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

@gwen law—While it is true that abusers come in all faiths, there is one faith, which I will avoid identifying by name, in which the Imams preach that rape is the woman’s fault if she is not sufficiently covered with a hijab. In that case she is asking for it. Rape has much increased in Scandinavian countries, performed by a class of immigrants which again, I hesitate to identify. Political correctness, you know..

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