Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CBS News' Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted in Egypt

For CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, covering the jubilation in Egypt's Tahrir Square Friday after president Hosni Mubarak stepped down was anything but joyous.

According to the network, Logan -- who was on assignment for 60 Minutes -- was "separated from her crew" in the mob of more than 200 people.

Logan was then "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," CBS reports.

After reconnecting with her team, the South African native, 39, returned to the United States on the first flight out Saturday morning. She is currently recovering in a hospital

This is very sad. I will keep her in my prayers. Many people forget that women are often abused sexual during retaliation activities. Many women often have to muse over the chance of sexual assault when they take international assignments. This is a thought almost never crosses a male journalist mind.

1 comment:

  1. Amen, she is in my prayers as well. Amanda Marcotte has a good post regarding gang-rape as male-bonding during political events up at Pandagon.com if anyone would like to look at a longer piece regarding this horrific crime. Lara Logan, a long-time war correspondent and tough journalist, has been a hero of mine for quite a while. She continues to be a hero of mine.