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CBS reporter assaulted in Egypt says she thought she was going to die

Lara Logan is speaking publicly about the February attack for the first time in a televised interview. She says her attackers “really enjoyed my pain and suffering”.

CBS correspondent Lara Logan says she suffered a sustained and brutal sexual assault in Tahrir Square
CBS correspondent Lara Logan says she suffered a sustained and brutal sexual assault in Tahrir Square
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CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT Lara Logan says she thought she might die after she was sexually assaulted by a mob of hundreds of men in Tahrir Square in Cairo on 11 February 2011.

Logan says that while she was preparing a TV report on the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s government when she got separated from her team, which included a bodyguard. She was surrounded by a group of men who she says “raped me with their hands”. She was eventually saved by a group of women and Egyptian soldiers.

The New York Times reports that in the weeks that followed the attack on Logan other female journalists came forward with their accounts of assault and harassment while working overseas.

Logan is due to tell her story on the CBS show 60 Minutes this weekend. Until now, she’s only publicly commented on the assault once, through a press release four days after the attack, while she was still in hospital.

During the show she’ll describe how her “clothes were torn to pieces” and how “they really enjoyed my pain and suffering”.

Logan says she feels she has to speak out about sexual violence both on behalf of other journalists and on behalf of “millions of voiceless women who are subjected to attacks like this and worse”.

Read Brian Stelter’s full report in the New York Times>

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