May 1 2011
LARA LOGAN’S 60 MINUTES interview purports to raise awareness of the sexual violence women journalists face when reporting from conflict zones….
….while conveniently skirting the issue that the real danger women journalists face when reporting from virtually any conflict zone is MUSLIM MEN.
Lara Logan speaks out for the first time on 60 MINUTES since her terrifying sexual assault in Egypt, describing how attackers ‘raped her with their hands’.
The 39-year-old CBS foreign correspondent said she was convinced she was going to die when the frenzied mob tore her away from her film crew and bodyguard in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. A group of at least 200 men beat her, pinched her and tore at her clothes in a 40-minute attack that only ended when a group of women came to her aid.
She told the New York Times: ‘For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands…What really struck me was how merciless they were. ‘They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.’
She revealed the terrifying details in an interview with the newspaper today, and is expected to speak about her attack at greater length in an appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday.
Just two months after the attack, Ms Logan has already vowed to return to Afghanistan and other conflict zones, but said she has decided she will not return to Middle Eastern countries while widespread protests are ongoing.
More than a dozen foreign journalists have been kidnapped in Libya since the uprising began there. Times journalist Lynsey Addario said she was groped and harassed by her Libyan captors, a story which Ms Logan said was a ‘setback’ to her own recovery.
While physical violence against men is often discussed by the media, sexual threats against female journalists (by Muslim men) are rarely mentioned.