CBS correspondent Lara Logan recounted her sexual assault in Egypt Sunday night on “60 Minutes.” Logan and her crew were in Cairo’s Tahrir Square the day dictator Hosni Mubarak stepped down. They reported from the crowded streets for about an hour without any problem, before their Arabic speaking fixer told her, “We’ve got to get out of here.” Logan was later told people in the crowd were saying, “Let’s take her pants off.”
“And it’s like suddenly, before I even know what’s happening, I feel hands grabbing my breasts, grabbing my crotch, grabbing me from behind,” Logan told Scott Pelley on “60 Minutes.”
When Logan’s February attack first became public, it was met with some surprising public reactions. Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams pointed to a few examples of what she called “victim-blaming,” including tweets from NYU fellow Nir Rosen, who wrote, “It’s always wrong, that’s obvious, but I’m rolling my eyes at all the attention she’ll get.” He apologized, but was ultimately resigned.
It also raised awareness about the dangers for female journalists working abroad, as the Post’s Emily Wax writes, “especially in countries with unfolding wars and a crumbling rule of law where protections for women are stripped away and there is often little recourse.”
Logan, who is already back at work on CBS and attended the White House Correspondent’s Dinner on Saturday night, said she is feeling “stronger” and that she is “proud” of breaking the silence on an issue her female colleagues have experienced, but not spoken out about:
Women never complain about incidents of sexual violence because you don't want someone to say, ‘Well women shouldn't be out there.’ But I think there are a lot of women who experience these kinds of things as journalists and they don't want it to stop their job because they do it for the same reasons as me - they are committed to what they do. They are not adrenaline junkies you know, they're not glory hounds, they do it because they believe in being journalists.
Watch the full interview below: