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CBS News' Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted During Egypt Uprising

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How awful:

On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was 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. She 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.

There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.

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  1. Not that unusual, I'm sad to say. Sexual harassment of women is a very serious problem in Egypt. Overcrowding of cities and economic pressure, macho Islamic culture, is combined with a state and security apparatus which doesn't protect the people, only itself *against* the people. Because of this the more vulnerable sectors of society such as women become prey.

    Posted by: Xtab | Feb 15, 2011 6:17:06 PM


  2. Makes me furious. Prayers with LL.

    Posted by: Travis | Feb 15, 2011 6:17:16 PM


  3. Horrible. Just shows how risky it is to be over there in the midst of such turmoil.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 15, 2011 6:23:25 PM


  4. A shame. She's a wonderful reporter.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Feb 15, 2011 6:33:56 PM


  5. Raped or just groped and stuff? Either way is absolutely horrible, but rape is so much worse. I wish her a speedy recovery both physically and with any emotional trauma this may have caused.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Feb 15, 2011 6:47:48 PM


  6. Probably should've worn a burka.

    I mean, what was she expecting? Arab men can't control themselves around women, and here she is running around with a bare head!

    Hello!

    Posted by: Mark in ATL | Feb 15, 2011 7:21:57 PM


  7. Muslims at their best. I'm just surprised anyone came to help her at all. She is lucky. Usually, Muslims brutally rape a woman and then kill her for having sex outside of marriage. Savage beasts.

    Posted by: Max | Feb 15, 2011 7:41:10 PM


  8. Inshallah she will heal quickly.

    @max
    Shut up you islamicphobic.

    Posted by: My_Family_are_MUSLIM | Feb 15, 2011 8:04:26 PM


  9. This is just awful to hear. I wish her all the best in recovery.

    To the ignorant fools who use this to paint a broad brush on Islam they need to get a life.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 15, 2011 8:09:32 PM


  10. Animals. And P.S. My_Family_are_muslim, I, as I'm sure max above, was not commenting on the whole of the populous. The people that actually did this are at fault, not all Egyptians, or everyone prescribing to that religion. Calm the hell down, and if you find yourself to be the spokesperson for the muslim community and/or all egyptians, maybe you should talk to your brethren who sexually assaulted an American correspondant if you feel so closely to them.

    Posted by: J Ryan | Feb 15, 2011 8:24:48 PM


  11. My_Family_Are_Muslim, Islam is saturated with violence towards women, Jews, and LGBT people.

    I am proud that you call me "islamicphobic" because it means I stand in opposition to a horrible religion in which many fundamental human rights are violently, brutally, and consistently abused.

    J Ryan is correct. This does not apply to every single Muslim, of course. As the article says, many came to her aid.

    Posted by: Max | Feb 15, 2011 8:51:35 PM


  12. i have to point out that christianity is as bad as the muslim faith... the ones i have encountered are pretty equal...they both have extremists with a bad case of hate going on against too much of society...

    Posted by: atheist_from_hell | Feb 15, 2011 9:06:00 PM


  13. Atheist_From_Hell, you are incorrect. There is a BIG difference between the Christian and Muslim treatment of homosexuals.

    Same-sex marriage is performed in the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden. They are ALL Christian-majority nations.

    Homosexuality is punishable by death in the following countries: Iran, Mauritania, (Northern) Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. These are ALL Muslim-majority nations.

    If I listed countries with civil unions versus countries which jail homosexuals, we would find the same religious differential.

    While you are correct that "they both have extremists" (as well as allies) you are sadly deluded if you believe that Christianity is "as bad as" Islam.

    Posted by: Max | Feb 15, 2011 9:22:44 PM


  14. despicable...

    both the actions of these abusers and the idiocy of some of these posters.

    thank goodness for the women & soldiers that surrounded & rescued her. More than anything, I think it shows how much ignorance exists & how each of us bears a responsibility to respect all people different than us.

    The middle east, Muslims, or any other ilk, hardly hold a monopoly when it comes to violence in general & violence against women specifically.

    Speedy recovery- let your pain become the strength that guides you toward helping others.

    Posted by: pete N sfo | Feb 15, 2011 9:29:28 PM


  15. Pete in SFO:

    Try once not to be PC. We are not all equal. Some places, some cultures, are clearly superior [especially for minorities] than others. At the end of the day, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Brits and Europeans are lucky to live where they live.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 15, 2011 9:47:42 PM


  16. After hearing about this, I tried to figure out how PC 'Progressives' would spin this: Play up the woman [woman mentioned 1st], and soldiers rescuing her from the 'Men.' Obviously, it must have been mostly if not all the soldiers who're responsible for ending the assault. The Egyptian women would obviously also have been assaulted, beaten.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 15, 2011 9:52:38 PM


  17. @Max (@ratbastard should probably also take note)

    Uganda = Christian Nation

    Fundamentalism in any religion is dangerous. It is not the Muslim religion specifically that is the problem, fundamentalism and conservativism/reactionism are the problems.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Feb 15, 2011 9:59:29 PM


  18. Ravewulf, Uganda doesn't have the death penalty for gays - yet. Even if it did, the actual facts (as opposed to your moral equivalency argument) show that Christianity is FAR better than Islam with respect to LGBT rights.

    Are there outliers and exceptions? Sure.

    You state that conservatism is the problem. How do you explain, then, the brutal treatment of homosexuals in leftist paradises like the (former) Soviet Union, Cuba, and China?

    I absolutely agree with you that "[f]undamentalism in any religion is dangerous," but Islam poses a unique and separate, very deadly risk that all people - but especially LGBT people - should take seriously.

    Posted by: Max | Feb 15, 2011 10:14:42 PM


  19. @RAVEWULF,

    You aren't seriously comparing 'Christian' North America, Australia, Europe with Uganda, are you? Uganda is BACKWARD with or without Christianity.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 15, 2011 10:21:05 PM


  20. What I find curious is why we refer to this as a "sexual" assault. Assault is assault, no matter where it occurs on your body. I think the idea of a sexual assault is part and parcel of the patriarchal notion that a woman's virtue somehow resides in her vagina.

    And a question: How do we know the religious affiliations of the perpetrators? There is a large Christian population in Egypt as well, and assaults on women are common in EVERY culture. Additionally, the countries Max describes as going easier on gays and women aren't distinguished by their Christianity, they're distinguished by their Secularity.

    Question for you, Max: Are you, by any chance, a Republican? A Zionist? A member of GOProud?

    Posted by: mcquaidla | Feb 15, 2011 10:51:38 PM


  21. And to think that you'd see this kind of blatant xenophobia and bigotry on a GAY BLOG of all freaking things. Shame on you Max.

    Posted by: Jumex | Feb 15, 2011 10:52:46 PM


  22. There's also Christian Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, which although don't have formal death penalties, gays who openly express their sexuality can be killed. Large parts of Christian Africa also have de facto death penalties -- not codified (there's no law you can point to), but frequently exercised by mobs. And a lot of the tolerant majority "Christian" countries Max points to actually have Christian minorities, most people being secular and non-religious.

    There are also comparatively tolerant Muslim communities in Lebanon, Turkey and southeastern Europe.

    Then Max brings up communism, and is correct but in a pretty limited way. The USSR under Lenin decriminalized homosexuality in 1922. It took decades for the capitalist and more conservative Western countries to catch up. East Germany decriminalized homosexuality almost immediately, while it took until the 1970s (I think) for West Germany to do the same. So many gays actually fled to the communist bloc to escape persecution.

    Basically, there's a lot that goes into homophobia. Islam is indeed part of it. But Max is the kind of person who isn't thinking seriously about it. He just has an axe to grind against Muslims in particular and for some reason.

    Posted by: Xtab | Feb 15, 2011 10:59:50 PM


  23. McQuaidla, I'm an independent. How do we know the religious affiliations? Gee, uh, I don't know. Let's take a wild guess. Could have been anyone, I suppose: Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Sea People. Hey, let's change the topic to GOProud.

    Jumex, the bigots are the Egyptians who relentlessly gang-rape women, jail homosexuals, and attack churches. If that's whom you side with, so be it. Do you think the rapists are xenophobic for raping a foreign journalist? Lol... no, of course you don't. All foreign cultures are sacrosanct.

    Posted by: Max | Feb 15, 2011 11:10:47 PM


  24. Don't offend the cult of the multicult, max. It's a tedious...ultimately pointless discussion with stupid angry people.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 15, 2011 11:13:46 PM


  25. Oh...this is horrible, and I hope she makes a full recovery and gets right back on the saddle.

    "What I find curious is why we refer to this as a "sexual" assault. Assault is assault, no matter where it occurs on your body. I think the idea of a sexual assault is part and parcel of the patriarchal notion that a woman's virtue somehow resides in her vagina."

    Are you a sociopath? You don't understand the difference between being punched in the face or severely beaten...and raped?

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 15, 2011 11:16:41 PM


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