The video: In her first interviews since being sexually assaulted in Egypt on February 11, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan says she thought she was going to die a "torturous death" in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Speaking with both The New York Times and 60 Minutes, Logan describes being separated from her producer and bodyguard by a violent mob of hundreds of men, who tore her clothes "to pieces" and assaulted her in an attack that lasted about 40 minutes. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Logan says, as quoted by The New York Times. After her 60 Minutes interview airs on Sunday, Logan says she will not speak publicly about the assault again. See a video snippet below.
The reaction: "Logan describes a day of celebration in Cairo that suddenly collapsed into terror," says Mark Joyella at Mediaite. "This is the kind of violence which I can't even imagine," says Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic. "As for Logan, frankly I'm shocked that she's actually talking about it. I really don't think I could." Well, "hopefully, her willingness to speak publicly about her rape will help the many women who've been made to feel they must keep silent about theirs," says Anna North at Jezebel. Watch a portion of the 60 Minutes interview:
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