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CBS Reporter Sexually Assaulted in Egypt

2/15/2011 6:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

CBS News reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted after being surrounded by a crazed mob in Tahrir Square on Friday ... moments after Hosni Mubarak officially stepped down.

Lara Logan

According to CBS, Logan and her crew were covering a story for "60 Minutes" when they were surrounded by a mob of more than 200 people and she was separated from her security team.

CBS says 39-year-old Logan "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers."

CBS continues, "[Logan] 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."

Logan and her team had been detained by Egyptian police 8 days before the sexual assault -- and Logan had reported, "We were accused of being more than journalists, very frightening suggestions were being made. Suggestions that really could be very dangerous for us."

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331.

Joe Canada    

People, she wasn't raped. It logically doesn't make sense that a mob would take turns raping her in the middle of the street while a revolution was going on.

Probably just had her b00bies and a$$ grabbed, that's all.

1254 days ago
332.

Dog-Bonz    

Sadly I agree with those who said "she should not have been there" Especially in a Muslim country where women have no rights. During a coup such as this who is there to protect her? Answer- the very government that she, and the mob were trying to overthrow. Instead of reporting the story with no bias, the American and other European reporters were celibrating the overthrow of an American ally. She and her handlers-no pun intended- should remember that in a country or region where Americans, espiacially women are lower in status than another mans camel,a white female is like a bag of gold up for grabs. Before any Muslims get their burkas in a bunch, I know that MOST of you are law abiding citizens with morals and a concience. However in a mob situation, those without good qualities think they can get away with anything. Just look at the riots following football games, win or loss, the mostly brown and black people love to lose control, vandalize and cause trouble. Now, not knowing my color you have labeled me a racist. Go ahead put your liberal color-blind head in the sand. Point out all the Euro-White riots that have been in the news lately....Back on point the reporter Lara should not have been there wearing the western clothing she wore. Would we allow a female Native of some African village to film a news story in a public place topless? I doubt it. She could have blended in wearing a burka, but then we wouldn't have had the story...so sad.

1254 days ago
333.

Rachel    

Of course, you realise that by publicising this assault you are merely risking the lives of ordinary Egyptian citizens, don't you? Or does that line of cynical rhetoric only work when it comes to covering up the actions of American soldiers who abuse female civilians in places like Abu Ghraib and Bagram Airbase?

As a British woman of a similar age and appearance to the victim in this case myself, I'm not unsympathetic to what she has suffered. I feel for her every bit as much as I feel for any woman that has suffered a sexual assault by any man or woman. A big part of me, however, does see the raging double-standards in the way that this incident is being portrayed and reported in comparison to what happens when the perpetrators are American soldiers and the victims are ordinary civilians of the various countries that America has committed human right abuses within over the past ten years. If coalition governments and the media in Western democracies were half as enthusiastic in their efforts to decry sexual abuse on *every* occasion that it occurs, instead of merely expressing outrage only on occasions like this whilst at the same time being complicit in covering up abuses when it is "our" sexual predators in uniform that are in the wrong, there would be a lot more credibility to the assertions of outrage being made by some over this incident. Aside from suppressing evidence of abuse by American troops, there is also the fact that thousands of American women are raped in American prisons every single year, and men too, often by the very male guards whose wages are paid by a gullible and silent American public. Very little if anything is done to protect those victims, or to punish the perpetrators of crimes against them, and there is no public or media outcry about this state of affairs, which many see as normal and acceptable. There's not even a huge outcry when one in five female soldiers claim to have been sexually assaulted during their military service by their male colleagues, most often without action being taken by the authorities against the perpetrators. When the media machine starts to give a proper damn about those victims of rape by sexual predators in uniform that I've mentioned above, maybe then I'll start to consider the outrage those same outlets claim to feel at the sexual assault of one blonde journalist as being genuine rather than posturing.


When Obama suppressed photographic evidence of abuse by US Army soldiers in Iraq, and claimed he was doing it of all things "to save lives", I wonder if he considered even for a moment that by protecting sexual predators in that way what he was really doing was putting the lives of blonde female journalists at greater risk of experiencing similar abuse to that which he is complicit in covering up? Just a thought.

1254 days ago
334.

Joe    

The whole middle east is messed up. i never hear of any good stories coming out of that place. these people (for the most part) are just angry people who hate everyone. all they want to do is kill, shoot, behead, kidnap, protest, set property on fire, etc. these people are nothing but animals. even though i think the US should stay out of other countries affairs, i can understand the fact that they have to go in to other countries because it is just not safe to have an animal (and group of animals) with a nuke. and the fact that they attacked a woman means that they could care less about the reasons for the protest. it just means that they love hurting people. losers !

1254 days ago
335.

Ladyb    

She should of had on the attire that woman wear over there. Then maybe then wouldn't of know she was of any race. I think it was done because in there world a woman dress and carry themselves in a certain way. And she wasn't that so she was treated with disrespect. Only in the USA blonde and blue eyed is the ultimate.

1254 days ago
336.

debbie    

shame on all of the people who have had criticism of this womans alleged past or any part of her personal life. it doesnt matter how many boyfriends or partners or anything else a person has had, when your are put in that position aginst your will thats all that matters. what happened to her is all that matters this time.

1254 days ago
337.

Rachel    

Of course, you realise that by publicising this assault you are merely risking the lives of ordinary Egyptian citizens, don't you? Or does that line of cynical rhetoric only work when it comes to covering up the actions of American soldiers who abuse female civilians in places like Abu Ghraib and Bagram Airbase?

As a British woman of a similar age and appearance to the victim in this case myself, I'm not unsympathetic to what she has suffered. I feel for her every bit as much as I feel for any woman that has suffered a sexual assault by any man or woman. A big part of me, however, does see the raging double-standards in the way that this incident is being portrayed and reported in comparison to what happens when the perpetrators are American soldiers and the victims are ordinary civilians of the various countries that America has committed human right abuses within over the past ten years. If coalition governments and the media in Western democracies were half as enthusiastic in their efforts to decry sexual abuse on *every* occasion that it occurs, instead of merely expressing outrage only on occasions like this whilst at the same time being complicit in covering up abuses when it is "our" sexual predators in uniform that are in the wrong, there would be a lot more credibility to the assertions of outrage being made by some over this incident. Aside from suppressing evidence of abuse by American troops, there is also the fact that thousands of American women are raped in American prisons every single year, and men too, often by the very male guards whose wages are paid by a gullible and silent American public. Very little if anything is done to protect those victims, or to punish the perpetrators of crimes against them, and there is no public or media outcry about this state of affairs, which many see as normal and acceptable. There's not even a huge outcry when one in five female soldiers claim to have been sexually assaulted during their military service by their male colleagues, most often without action being taken by the authorities against the perpetrators. When the media machine starts to give a proper damn about those victims of rape by sexual predators in uniform that I've mentioned above, maybe then I'll start to consider the outrage those same outlets claim to feel at the sexual assault of one blonde journalist as being genuine rather than posturing.


When Obama suppressed photographic evidence of abuse by US Army soldiers in Iraq, and claimed he was doing it of all things "to save lives", I wonder if he considered even for a moment that by protecting sexual predators in that way what he was really doing was putting the lives of blonde female journalists at greater risk of experiencing similar abuse to that which he is complicit in covering up? Just a thought.

1254 days ago
338.

Rachel    

Of course, you realise that by publicising this assault you are merely risking the lives of ordinary Egyptian citizens, don't you? Or does that line of cynical rhetoric only work when it comes to covering up the actions of American soldiers who abuse female civilians in places like Abu Ghraib and Bagram Airbase?

As a British woman of a similar age and appearance to the victim in this case myself, I'm not unsympathetic to what she has suffered. I feel for her every bit as much as I feel for any woman that has suffered a sexual assault by any man or woman. A big part of me, however, does see the raging double-standards in the way that this incident is being portrayed and reported in comparison to what happens when the perpetrators are American soldiers and the victims are ordinary civilians of the various countries that America has committed human right abuses within over the past ten years. If coalition governments and the media in Western democracies were half as enthusiastic in their efforts to decry sexual abuse on *every* occasion that it occurs, instead of merely expressing outrage only on occasions like this whilst at the same time being complicit in covering up abuses when it is "our" sexual predators in uniform that are in the wrong, there would be a lot more credibility to the assertions of outrage being made by some over this incident. Aside from suppressing evidence of abuse by American troops, there is also the fact that thousands of American women are raped in American prisons every single year, and men too, often by the very male guards whose wages are paid by a gullible and silent American public. Very little if anything is done to protect those victims, or to punish the perpetrators of crimes against them, and there is no public or media outcry about this state of affairs, which many see as normal and acceptable. There's not even a huge outcry when one in five female soldiers claim to have been sexually assaulted during their military service by their male colleagues, most often without action being taken by the authorities against the perpetrators. When the media machine starts to give a proper damn about those victims of rape by sexual predators in uniform that I've mentioned above, maybe then I'll start to consider the outrage those same outlets claim to feel at the sexual assault of one blonde journalist as being genuine rather than posturing.


When Obama suppressed photographic evidence of abuse by US Army soldiers in Iraq, and claimed he was doing it of all things "to save lives", I wonder if he considered even for a moment that by protecting sexual predators in that way what he was really doing was putting the lives of blonde female journalists at greater risk of experiencing similar abuse to that which he is complicit in covering up? Just a thought.

1254 days ago
339.

Dog-Bonz    

Sadly I agree with most blogs that state "she shouldn't have been there" While in a western culture we expect a sort of a invisible shield surrounding reporters and their crew, during crouded situations, that cannot be expected in foreign (especially Muslim) countries. Before you Muslims get pissed at me for my comment, I know that the majority of you are as lawfull and considerate as anyone else. Having said that, you should also agree that many Muslims believe that women have no rights at all! They are treated no better than a stray dog, or worse than another mans camel. The reporting world should remember this going forward before something worse happens!....(sorry Danny Pearl for not mentioning your story)...how soon we forget!!

1254 days ago
340.

vfxwest    

Unbelievable that this woman with children would put herself in such a potentially dangerous situation. Now, at some point, she will have to explain to them about the time mommy was gang raped in Egypt... where is the common sense?

1254 days ago
341.

Monica    

I'd like to know how many other women were raped and beaten in that crowd. How many were murdered, women, men and maybe even children? This is a horrible demonstration of humanity, but as much as I'd like to believe that our country is different, - immune to this kind of violence, - the fact is that it's not. Consider the astrodome after Hurricane Katrina, where rapes and murder were committed. This is horrible, but the truth is, it could happen to any of us (men included) at any time, anywhere, even here. My prayers go to her and her family.

1254 days ago
342.

Inda    

Her personal life has nothing to do with the sexual assault.
Nobody has the right to use that as an excuse and condone beastlike acts like that.
Muslims in Egypt don't get to see attractive blond women very often unless it's on the internet porno sites.
That was the perfect opportunity to get their hands on one.
And trust me they would not dare do it to a muslim reporter because the would be punished. The fact that this one was Christian will go unnoticed by Egyptian authorities.
It will probably be praised instead.
Same as if you kill Christians, you go to heaven surrounded by forty virgins. There you go again, they do not get enough sex on earth, they will get it in heaven!!!!

1254 days ago
343.

mondo    

You,re right Inda, those pigs just don't have anything as clean and beautiful in that country, so when they see it they turn into barnyard animals...she was trying to bring their story to the world, they repay her by gang raping her repeatedly for half an hour while others watch and take turns on her...there are no words. may she heal quickly

1254 days ago
344.

feliciarox    

Being a victim of sexual assault is nothing for any of you to be making fun of. Or to make little sarcastic jokes about, or and you guys are the worst, BLAMING THE VICTIM! Well, she went over there, so she just pretty much asked every man in the country to rape her! She should have known she would be raped! Wtf is wrong with some of you? God Bless Lara, hope it gets easier as time goes by.

1254 days ago
345.

elisabeth    

It seems that not only in egypt women have to fight for dignity .
I read here some comments which are a shame for all the male gender .
Is violence nurturing them ?
Women need to connect together , we need to be together to win against stupidity , ignorance ,violence .
This is the real revolution .
I send all my support to Lara .

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