Sunday night, before the news of Osama bin Laden‘s death was jubilantly announced, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was on “60 Minutes” to describe her horrific sexual assault in Cairo, Egypt. Logan suffered a “sustained beating and sexual assault” in Tahrir Square while preparing a report on the night that Hosni Mubarak’s government fell.
Logan agreed to describe her ordeal once for “60 Minutes,” and her interview is painful to watch, as video footage records Logan’s reporting before the attack, and her terrified scream as she was dragged away.The video from the interview is after the jump.
Logan breaks down while describing the events:
I remember looking up, when my clothes gave way, I remember looking up and seeing them taking pictures with their cell phones, the flashes of their cell phone cameras…I didn’t even know that they were beating me with flagpoles and sticks and things, because I couldn’t even feel that. Because all I could think of was the sexual assault, all I could feel, was their hands raping me over and over and over again, from the front, from the back.
I didn’t know if I could hold onto Ray. I’m holding on to him. I didn’t wanna let go of him. I thought I was gonna die if I lost hold of him.
Logan was dragged, beaten, and assaulted by the mob for 25 minutes until they came to a fence, and encountered a group of Egyptian women, who surrounded Logan until she was rescued by soldiers. One soldier threw her over his shoulder “like a ragdoll” and carried her to safety, beating the crowd away.
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, they’re not glory hounds, they do it because they believe in being journalists.