Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lara Logan (CBS) Sexually Assaulted During Egypt Protests

Journalists put themselves into danger to effectively gather information and report on important current events. The inevitable result is that unfortunately some of those reporters get hurt. That in no way excuses the action of the perpetrators. Logan was not the only reporter attacked; but there seems something especially heinous/disturbing about a sexual assault. Fortunately she made it out with her life.

"On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

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