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Awful! CBS Reporter Sexually Assaulted Covering Egypt Protests

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This makes us sick.

We've just received word that Lara Logan, a reporter for 60 Minutes, suffered a terrible, brutal and inhuman beating while trying to cover the crisis in Egypt.

According to reports, on the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned, Lara Logan was in Tahrir Square, covering the crowds reactions to the news. Suddenly ,"mob of more than 200 people, who were whipped into a frenzy," surrounded the crew and separated Lara from her team. That's when Lara reportedly suffered a horrifying sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. We're told she was immediately sent back to the United States to receive medical attention. At this time she is still in the hospital, but her family is asking for privacy as they help her deal.

There are no words. We can't stress enough how violence is never the answer, especially such disgusting acts of brutality like this.

We send our best wishes to Lara and her family in this difficult of times. Our thoughts are with you.

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76 comments to “Awful! CBS Reporter Sexually Assaulted Covering Egypt Protests”



  1. 1

    The U.S. needs to stay out of their business. Why was she even there. Can't they stop trying to be hero's and pay more attention to the crises that are happening on our own soil.



  2. 2

    Peace be with her — and may she not have contracted anything (like the HepC that's infected 70% of the Egyptian population), have a full recovery and return with a vengeance to journalism!



  3. 3

    Damn Perez…wish that had happened to you

  4. Eilee says – reply to this


    4

    Thank you for posting this!
    The world needs to know this information and you can bet CBS isn't even mentioning it!
    How awful for her that this barbaric incident had to happen!

  5. Blunt says – reply to this


    5

    Then stay the fuck out of there!



  6. 6

    uhhh, if she's a victim of a sexual crime, you need to take her name and picture down.

    You could report this without identifying her.

  7. open says – reply to this


    7

    Re: Mandeline28 – first of all, she's from south africa. secondly, she's not working for the US gov trying to do… anything! in egypt other than to report what's going on! She does WORLD news!! She's a chief foreign affairs news person!!! we have enough local and national news people as it is.



  8. 8

    Take down her name and picture.



  9. 9

    We need to stay out of Egypt. It's way too dangerous for reporters to be anywhere near that mob…



  10. 10

    This shouldnt even be news…..they know how bad it was over there..dumbass



  11. 11

    The Arabs are savages.



  12. 12

    What does one expect from Muslim 3rd world scum! No respect for life especially if its a woman



  13. 13

    Her boss should be held partly liable for her injuries. He/She was the one who sent her over there.



  14. 14

    I love how these reporters, Anderson including, think they need to hop on planes and cover these barbarians or get into the middle of a war. What the hell did you think was gonna happen?! You never blame a victim but she was stupid for not being smarter and knowing where she was going and what she was covering.



  15. 15

    Real classy Perez1 Could you get a more sexual picture than that one?



  16. 16

    Some of you people are horrible. I hope that nothing like this happens to you or anyone you care about, if you capable of caring about anyone. This woman was doing her job, and she got brutally attacked. I hope she gets all the medical and emotional help that she needs to get through this terrible ordeal.



  17. 17

    Although I have no idea what she was wearing during the attack, it is not acceptable to show cleavage, or have bare arms and legs in Egypt. They are a very conservative country, and women who dress provocatively are frequently harassed. Add to that the explosive situation, and of course there will be trouble. I am not condoning any attack on her, and I do hope she is ok, but a little cultural awareness might have helped.



  18. 18

    I'm sorry, try saying violence is not the answer to a crowd of angry protesters. That totally makes sense….. As tragic as this is, and I wish her the best, you must be rational about this. These people were caught up in a historical movement and trying to be all "Sesame street" about it is ridiculous.



  19. 19

    Re: chummie – While it's true that usually the identity of sexual assault victims is kept confidential, an Associated Press account I read earlier claimed Ms. Logan consented to the release of this information.
    I wish her well in her recovery. I only wish that she had been evacuated sooner, as Anderson Cooper (CNN) was assaulted and left Egypt, and Lester Holt (NBC) also left due to security concerns. Be careful, Richard Engel (NBC) and Lyse Doucet (BBC).



  20. 20

    SUCKS



  21. 21

    That is so sad. I feel for her.



  22. 22

    Mandeline 28, how could you even write that? Have you no compassion? She was there because she is an embedded journalist. And she's far more accomplished in her young life than I bet you'll ever be.
    Oh, and by the way, Lara is South African, not American.



  23. 23

    Re: Jstarrules – I think the biggest scum here is YOU.. you read the negative and decided to rant your racial BS about Muslims/ Egyptian but you left the positive how note she was saved by the group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldier. Give credit where is due you thick ass.



  24. 24

    well she is blonde they never see blondes is like throwing a burger to an african poor comunity



  25. 25

    I have no idea why American reporters are so happy to go into these other countries, anyway. I certainly don't approve of what happened to her, but these people in other countries blow themselves up for the so-called "good" of their group. There are so many nuts around the world.



  26. 26

    Re: Jstarrules – racist but right



  27. 27

    What was this dope doing in Egypt? Christian Amanpore ran to Jordan last week. Stay out of Egypt!



  28. 28

    Re: LN2008 – What does "getting caught up in the moment" have to do with brutally raping someone?!? Accidental stampede in the heat of the moment of excitement? Yes. Prolonged sexual assault and battery? No.



  29. 29

    Remove her Name and picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  30. 30

    The uproar in Egypt is deeply saddening and even though it may be considered an enlightening and empowering time by many Egyptians-order must be restored in that country because their people are out of control. Our country needs to ensure all Americans are pulled out of that country asap. It is simply not safe and I cannot believe in 2011 women are still being raped. I just cannot even wrap my head around it. My heart goes out to her family and many of the unknown women who are deeply suffering around the world from experiencing such a heart wrenching crime. I am usually all about peace and love but its hard lately when you turn on the television and are bombarded by so much hate and negativity. I can understand at the same time how hard it is to be civilized because I hope the people who did that to her burn in fucking hell. Perez- I come to your site to be entertained and not depressed. Let CCN cover this topic but I understand that it is important. There are so many sides to everything. I just hope that people everywhere start behaving better…we have so many other things to worry about & there is still so much good in the world. It is so sad that evil fucktards ruin it for the decent ones.



  31. 31

    Re: paulina=dan radcliffe fan #1 – wow so you know he/she/it is racist and you are saying right? What's next.. murderer but right?

    sheesh some people!



  32. 32

    If they're asking for privacy, then they should have not released her name or the media should just not post it.



  33. 33

    Terrible for it to happen. However, maybe the US shouldn't be there…they need to stay out of affairs that are not their own if they want to keep their citizens safe. This is a prime example of that.



  34. 34

    To people saying the US needs to mind their own business, it's not the US going there. It is the reporters and they need to be there. If people stop talking about and reporting the revolution, then it will lose steam and support. They are reporting the truth and that is why she was assaulted. People want to stop the truth from getting out there and stop the uprising.



  35. 35

    BTW sexual assault is not rape, but it is damn close and it would have probably led to rape.



  36. 36

    Arab countries and most of the middle east is populated by savages who dont care about anything of this earth…they are a disease that is spreading all over the globe… religions are evil…but theirs is above and beyond evil.



  37. 37

    It wasn't mere sexual assault, it was prolonged gang rape.



  38. 38

    Truly sad and I agree with one post the pic chosen is not the right choice. Something as traguc as this is going to take her a long time to heal - I hope the offenders burn in hell.



  39. 39

    Re: COL Kurtzzz
    That was my thought too. I have seen other pictures of this unfortunate woman tonight and all of them show her looking professional and appropriate. But nope…not "Sassy" Perez. He just had to show the goods. He is tacky and vile.



  40. 40

    So many people are so ignorant, I cant just single out one of you.

    They are JOURNALISTS. They are not going to countries like Egypt with any political agenda. Do you understand how important journalism is? And they arent going there thinking its a picnic. They are brave men and women who believe in what they are doing so that YOU can sit in front of your TV with your Lean Cuisine and actually have some idea of whats going on in the world. The general public would be even more misinformed by the "awful US who needs to take care of business on their own soil." if we didnt have unbiased journalists there, reporting on whats actually happening firsthand.
    They arent stupid, they are brave. They know the risks and still believe strongly enough in what they do to get on the plane. BUT, knowing the risks doesnt take away the horror of what could and did happen. When you make ignorant insensative remarks about why someone is so dumb to go to countries like Egypt when so much is happening, you sound like a lazy, stupid, sheltered ass.



  41. 41

    Re: herehaveacookie – Actually, it is (or can be). "Sexual assault" is a blanket legal term that encompasses many forms of sexual-based assaults, with rape being the most severe.



  42. 42

    sorry but i think its pretty dumb and irresponsible sending a young pretty woman to a situation like that.

    all very well being PC and equal rights etc but you should put her safety first and use common sense.

  43. Laura says – reply to this


    43

    Why was she there? Because she is a journalist! for 60 minutes! and this was a revolution! how could she not want to be there? When this was going down, I was wishing I was there, my god, the over-throwing of a dictator, the rise of the people, you just have to be there if you're an international new journalist. Did she know there would be risks? sure. Hell, you could get rape here in good O USA, in the subway, on the sideway, at work, hell even your own home. So in a chaotic state, these risks are heighten. Again, everyone there knows the risks, doesn't mean she deserved it, just really awful that it happened, to anyone.

  44. Laura says – reply to this


    44

    ps, in reporting, unless otherwise noted, sexual assault means rape. she was gang-raped for a prolonged period of time.



  45. 45

    Re: Mad Dog

    If you think Arabs are savages, search what happened in Texas to a middle school girl when 11 men got a hold of her in a trailer. Or look up the Mardi Gras in Seattle in 2001.



  46. 46

    Re: sonicdahedgehog – you are a vile pig! how could you say that to anyone? loser!



  47. 47

    according to sharia law…she should be charged with prositution and stoned to death. Wake Up Mario….Wake up America. take 10 minutea researching radical islam. 35000 people were killed in he name of allah…last year alone. the phillippines, indonesea, kenya, tanzania, russia and many more have learned the hard way that radical islam will conquer the world. look at lebanon were once a christian country with a small arab population. now only 35 percent christian and decreasing every year. what about turkey????



  48. 48

    Poor girl! I hope she is already.

    Perez, if you cared you wouldn't be posting her picture let alone one with her nipple showing.



  49. 49

    This is beyond simple violence. She was surrounded by a group of frenzied men and suffered repeated rapes IN PUBLIC with men taking turns while the other cheered them on. If not for a group of women that saved her I doubt she would be alive today. There is no *saving* scum like that. Every man in that square should have their genitals removed. Ahh hell, just nuke the SOB's and get it over with.



  50. 50

    On forum's like this I often lose faith in humanity. Racism is not necessary here - rape and sexual assault happens in western countries too, and is not down to 'the barbaric nature of Arabs.' I live in an Arab country and am western (blonde, too) and have never ever had any problems. Hell I even lived in Saudi Arabia for a while and had no problems there either, so enough of this 'arab scum,' comments please. Also, she is a JOURNALIST, people - not a representative of US politics. We need journalism, I do believe, so pull back on the 'wtf are the US doing there!!11?' comments as well. Oh, and by the way, she's South African. Not american.



  51. 51

    And for their next show CBS will be lowering a reporter into the middle of a shark frenzy in the ocean to report to better tell us what it's like.

    idiots.



  52. 52

    I Feel compel to comment on this news. I find it DEPLORABLE that CBS, a reputable news company, will release such intimate detail of what happen to their reporter. Under no circumstances do they have the right to name/expose a rape victim especially almost immediately after an attack. It is only Ms. Logan’s choice to release this type of information whenever she was ready to, and that if she ever wanted this information out. It is ALWAYS a standard to keep a sexually assaulted victim ANONYMOUS. CBS robed her that right and owes her a HUGE apology. No sexual assaulted victim should be place under these circumstances even if she is a well known reporter.



  53. 53

    Dear god, some of the comments on this story are some of the dumbest I've ever seen on Perez-freakin-Hilton for fucks sake. To paraphrase a few..
    -'why was she there and not reporting on US domestic issues?' ummm because she's a FOREIGN affairs journalist, that's her job.
    -'I don't blame victims but she souldn't have…' Well there you go blaming the victim.
    -'She may have been dressed inappropriately for Egypt' She is a foreign affairs journalist who has travelled the world. It's her job to understand foreign cultures and policies. I think it's pretty fucking unlikely she would have been dressed inappropriately for Islamic sensibilities. Most female reporters from the BBC take the hijab (headscarf) when they report from Islamic countries. These people are experts at what they do.
    -'Why is the US there?' WTF? Can you people not seperate between a US government foreign presense and private citizens doing a job for a business (news corporation) abroad?
    -'She's dumb. No westerners should be there reporting' Yes let's all just live in a bubble of ignornce and pretend reality ceases to exist outside of the US border. Let's also rely on only government intelligence which private citizens are not privy to, to inform us about the rest of the world.

    I wish this woman all the best. She is a badass, she made the biggest sacrafice for her job. and I hope she can get back to doing what she loves as soon as she feels she can.



  54. 54

    I'm pretty sure that this story wouldn't have been out without Lara's consent. That being said, I have a real problem with news organizations putting their correspondents in harm's way for the sake of a story. I know it's been going on since almost the dawn of reporting, but I don't think it's right. I can understand that Egyptians are mobbing without Anderson getting beat about the head or Lara being violated. I can understand that there is a hurricane without a weather forecaster being blown away in it. I understand the news companies having reporters in the vicinity of the stories, but I think that they can effectively cover them from a safe distance without putting their crews in jeopardy. It's just not worth it.



  55. 55

    All of you saying that foreign women are rare or that women needs to be covered up in Egypt - I guess you've never been there. There are lots of muslim women wearing miniskirts and tanktops as well as foreigners everywhere. Maybe not at the moment, but that's how it normally is.

    I really hope the best for the reporter. This is awful.



  56. 56

    I HAVE NO SYMPATHY. WHAT THE FUCK WERE THEY DOING THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE????????? THEY HAVE NO REGARD FOR THEIR SAFETY OR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS- ALL THEY WANT IS HIGHER RATINGS. rant over.



  57. 57

    this makes me sick to my stomach. no one deserves this. my thoughts are with lara..

    and for those of you who make comments such as, "i come on here for entertainment, not to be depressed," you are selfish and lack respect for others.



  58. 58

    Yes. The rest of the world hates us because most of you are fucking retarded. To make them hate us even worse America sticks their nose in other peoples business.



  59. 59

    For all of you to say for the Americans to stay out of it… then why do these same people march down to city hall with flags supporting Egypt? Stay out of it or go back home.



  60. 60

    Why do these stupid skanks think they can act the same in a 3rd world country as they do at home. Too bad the bitch was not raped and worse knocked-up with a black kid. Silly skank. Next time stay home.



  61. 61

    Let's make this clear once and for all.

    1) 90% of Egypt is Muslim.
    2) Muslims are told that women who aren't Muslim are worth nothing and deserve to be raped.

    End of story.



  62. 62

    My heart goes out to her. But why did she return to Egypt? During her first tour there she was detained and accused of being a spy. She was flaunting her Western dress and independence to a culture that would only be angered by it. Her attackers were 100% wrong, but if someone climbs into a cage with a gorilla and is harmed, they are foolhardy, not brave.



  63. 63

    Re: EdgenetRe: Red Panda – thank you for that - I too don't understand the ignorance and careless evil attitudes displayed about this



  64. 64

    Well she has only herself to blame. If you don't cover your body as a female it's your own fault if you get raped.

    SICK RELIGION.

  65. fiera says – reply to this


    65

    A few criminals took advantage of the situation going on in Tahir Square by kidnapping her and sexually assaulting her. I know it's her job to do world news, but she took a risk by being there right now doing any news coverage and Im sure she knew that too



  66. 66

    Deplorable.



  67. 67

    Re: Shamela
    Moron!!!
    On what planet do you live?



  68. 68

    Re: rosebud99
    Are you stupid enough to think she went there showing cleavage?
    She covers stories all over the world and she KNOWS the cultures of these countries.
    (Oh… Maybe you'd rather have women cover fashion shows and cooking classes?)



  69. 69

    Re: andydo
    America is the enemy.
    You know that, don't you?
    Killing millions and millions of people all around the world.
    America is the enemy



  70. 70

    CuriousRed, I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic. I hope so. America is killing millions all over the planet? What planet do you live on? As for Egypt, 97% of Egyptian women are genitally mutilated. In all of pisslam, women are inferior beings in their unholy scripture and law and in reality. Why the world looks away and isn't screaming about the treatment of women in pisslam is beyond me. What happened to Ms. Logan happens every day in pisslamic countries, but don't for a minute think that her "ethinicity" was a big part of the attack. In capitals all over Europe with large mooslum populations, the incidence of rape is skyrocketing and it is mooslum men who are doing it. Wake up, America. These people and their beliefs are incompatible with ours, and "holy war" is their mo. They get along with no one and everywhere they go there is mayhem. Time to stop mooslum immigration to our country. Further immigration will only cause more violence and terror. Beside the fact that a weapon of mass destruction was found in San Diego's Port Authority and the FBI says the chance of weapon of mass destruction attact by the "religion" of pieces is 100%! Is that what it's going to take for you all to open your eyes to the evil that is pisslam?

  71. ka.06 says – reply to this


    71

    I have cross-checked many news sources (and all have turned out to be more or less what Perez cut, copy, and pasted onto his site) to see if they have written rape or sexual assault. You are distorting the story if you are calling it rape. Yes, rape is considered sexual assault, but sexual assault is not always considered rape. Look up the definition of the two meanings. Here's a simple analogy, a fork is always a utensil, but a utensil is not always a fork…it can be a spoon or a knife.

    With that said, while both acts are disgusting, I'm glad that she is out of harms way and in the process of recovering. This is truly a very heinous and vile act. I hope that she recovers well emotionally and physically. It's dangerous for all foreign journalists to enter Egypt at the moment. They are better off getting the footage from an aerial view instead of amid all the action, or just waiting until it settles down.



  72. 72

    Can't we just drop a nuke on the entire middle east? jesus wish I were president.



  73. 73

    The men who did this are disgusting but CBS also needs to examine their own culpability. Should she have been in that situation in the first place? The same needs to be asked for all the other journalists who were attacked and injured whilst covering the story. Did she need to be in the middle of the crowd with a camera crew to cover the stort or were there safer ways of doing it? Should they have sent a woman to such a country?



  74. 74

    Re: paulina=dan radcliffe fan #1 – racism is never 'right'



  75. 75

    Re: Voivode – a little bit of sanity in a sea of awful comments

  76. @v@ says – reply to this


    76

    Some stories are all too real and aren't just sound bites for news ratings.