Lara Logan: “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands”

Posted by: ST on April 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

The CBS News correspondent, who was viciously sexually assaulted back in February, spoke to the New York Times about her horrific ordeal:

Lara Logan thought she was going to die in Tahrir Square when she was sexually assaulted by a mob on the night that Hosni Mubarak’s government fell in Cairo.

Ms. Logan, a CBS News correspondent, was in the square preparing a report for “60 Minutes” on Feb. 11 when the celebratory mood suddenly turned threatening. She was ripped away from her producer and bodyguard by a group of men who tore at her clothes and groped and beat her body. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Ms. Logan said in an interview with The New York Times. She estimated that the attack lasted for about 40 minutes and involved 200 to 300 men.

Ms. Logan, who returned to work this month, is expected to speak at length about the assault on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.


The assault happened the day that Ms. Logan returned to Cairo, having left a week earlier after being detained and interrogated by Egyptian forces. “The city was on fire with celebration” over Mr. Mubarak’s exit, she said, comparing it to a Super Bowl party. She and a camera crew traversed Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the celebrations, interviewing Egyptians and posing for photographs with people who wanted to be seen with an American journalist.

“There was a moment that everything went wrong,” she recalled.

As the cameraman, Richard Butler, was swapping out a battery, Egyptian colleagues who were accompanying the camera crew heard men nearby talking about wanting to take Ms. Logan’s pants off. She said: “Our local people with us said, ‘We’ve gotta get out of here.’ That was literally the moment the mob set on me.”

Mr. Butler, Ms. Logan’s producer, Max McClellan, and two locally hired drivers were “helpless,” Mr. Fager said, “because the mob was just so powerful.” A bodyguard who had been hired to accompany the team was able to stay with Ms. Logan for a brief period of time.

“For Max,” the producer, “to see the bodyguard come out of the pile without her, that was one of the worst parts,” Mr. Fager said. He said Ms. Logan “described how her hand was sore for days after — and the she realized it was from holding on so tight” to the bodyguard’s hand.

“My clothes were torn to pieces,” Ms. Logan said.

She declined to go into more detail about the assault but said: “What really struck me was how merciless they were. They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.”

She and CBS News are using what she went through to raise awareness of sexual assaults that happen to other female reporters but that ‘are rarely talked about within journalistic circles or in the news media’ according to the NYT. Her interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes airs at 7 pm ET on Sunday.

As much as I think it’s great that she’s speaking out about what she went through in an effort to help give more attention to the similar experiences other women journalists have gone through, I have serious doubts as to whether the underlying issue surrounding what happened – which is the anti-female culture that is Islam (as I and my co-blogger have discussed in detail here many times) will get the much-needed attention that it deserves. Female journalists report all over the world in the middle of crowded streets full of demonstrators, but they’re rarely subjected to sexual assaults like the one Logan suffered through.

Yes, the issue of sexual crimes against female journalists needs to be addressed strongly and condemned roundly, but so do the root causes of why sexual crimes against women happen so often in Middle Eastern countries – where the assaults are not considered “crimes” at all but instead “rights”… according to Islamic law. But to do that means the dangeous political correctness that has prevented a worldwide brutally honest discussion as to the inherently evil “religion” that we know as Islam would have to be thrown by the wayside, and that’s not going to happen, because too many politicos and other prominent public figures have either have turned an ignorantly blind eye to the evils of the Islamic “faith”, and/or have a vested political interest in pandering to the Islamic community and assorted PC types both home and abroad who really believe Islam is a “religion of peace” – contra to extensive evidence that points in the opposite direction.


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19 Responses to “Lara Logan: “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands””


  1. This may be hard for some people to believe, but there is nothing good about Islam or Islamic law.

  2. Drew says:

    “I have serious doubts as to whether the underlying issue surrounding what happened – which is the anti-female culture that is Islam (as I and my co-blogger have discussed in detail here many times) will get the much-needed attention that it deserves.”

    And this of course is the despicable shame of it all – an absolute incapability by leftist oriented ideologues to come to grips with reality. They consider themselves intellectually superior; they look down their noses at those of faith, and yet they engage in a religious-like defense of the indefensible.

    It makes you want to cry, or punch your fist through the wall……

  3. Drew says:

    Shorter, but not original: useful idiots.

  4. islam and its adherents will never be blamed as long as islam is seen as a political ally of liberal america

  5. Edwin Leap says:

    This is my first time at your blog, but as a South Carolinian, married to a conservative Southern woman, I like it a lot!

    Regarding Islam, I’ve never seen an issue which displayed such a remarkable degree of intentional ignorance. The mainstream media, academia…heck, even the church, have dropped the ball all the way to Mecca on this one!

    For those interested, I recommend ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades,’ by Regnery Press.

    Thanks for your blog!


  6. Bloodaxe says:

    All four of the previous comments hit the nail on the head. Islam is absolutely vile and liberals have never been right about anything.

  7. Carlos says:

    CBS and Logan do not want to acknowledge the elephant pig in the room that is Islam.

  8. PE says:

    The media is excessively tolerant of their sub-humans.

  9. Niemand says:

    I appologize if this seems abrubt. If you choose to be a reporter and get yourself into the hottest parts of the world to gain fame, you can hardly expect to be treated as if your were reporting on the Macy’s day parade.
    When you go play in dangerous places you are going to be treated accordingly. If you do not wish to be molested by Islamic savages, do not put yourself in thier company.

  10. Zippy says:

    This was a horribly despicable crime against this woman. Assault of this nature is incomprehensible. What I don’t understand is why, knowing how women are treated in this part of the world..and there is no control against such a thing as happening, why an American female reporter would want to be there, especially knowing how they feel/believe about women and especially Americans, in general.

    I’m a firm believer in equal rights for all, but.. there are places where women not belong for obvious reasons. It’s naive to believe in your safety when in places that are not on your home court.

  11. No says:

    ” … she said, comparing it to a Super Bowl party.”

    And there’s a big mistake – comparing a mob in a muslim country to a Super Bowl Party in the U.S. How could this female journalist be to naively ignorant about the muslim culture?

    Of course they enjoyed her pain. She was “uncovered meat” as the imam said and no one blames the cat for getting into the uncovered meat. If she speaks out only about the dangers for female journalists, she is remaining wilfully blind and silent.

  12. Paul says:

    Islamic thuggism pure and simple ??

  13. Carlos says:

    I’m sure that, if any of the attackers could prove they were died-in-the-wool socialists (shouldn’t be too hard if they are good little muzzies), they could apply for a position in the WH as “czar” for Islamic social affairs or somesuch.

    The “socialist” part would be the tipping point for the admin.

  14. Zippy says:

    @ Niemand: You expressed it perfectly. Sometimes there is not an easy way to speak the truth.

  15. Sefton says:

    She declined to go into more detail about the assault but said: “What really struck me was how merciless they were. They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.”

    This quote sums up the ignorance Edwin Leap (#5) commented on. She was struck by how merciless they were and that they really enjoyed her pain and suffering.
    I’ve, at times, contemplated these same comments coming from the tolerant and liberal crowd some time in the future, only here in America when it’s too late. The book/movie “The Time Machine” comes to mind as a simple analogy; the Eloi being the progressive, elitist class who become literal cattle to the Islamic, caliphate cannibals (the Morlocks).

    The left has aligned themselves with “the religion of peace” in the ultimate hypocrisy – the liberal left typically has both a spoken and unspoken hatred of anything in the name of religion and the state, yet Islam is the quintessential definition of an intolerant theocracy and they willfully embrace it. The Koranic dictates of Sharia law is everythinig the “tolerant left” supposedly opposes with every fiber of their being, yet the silence is deafening on the bald-faced destructive and evil tenets of Islam.

    Naturally, the justifying argument they continually pose is that we (the West) have imposed this retribution on ourselves, and that if we’d drop the “imperialist, colonial, corporate interference” we could all dance together with the unicorns and butterflies under the peaceful eye of mother Gaia and the earth elves. The reality that they refuse to admit or understand is that Islam is not only destructive to its own people (especially women and children), it significantly condemns to death all infidels who do not conform – that’s not only all Jews, Christians and other religions, but even those “tolerant” progressive liberals who claim no religion. In the end, they will either claim Islam and call Allah their god or they will die. Period.

  16. captaingrumpy says:

    Why does it take 10 years to train an Arab to march and fire a gun,when in the civilised countries boot camp is 3 months. Arabs are lost in time,they did not develope with the west and are closer to the animal kingdom.(truth)They like hunting in packs and only the strongest leads.They always wait for the rest of the mob to make a move and don’t mind being ruled by the alpha male.
    How can you expect these Arabs to form a democracy when it isn’t in their culture and they have not formed the part of the brain for individual thinking.
    I believe that is why Islam is so strong. It does not need free thinkers ,but just blind followers.That’s why Iraq is going backwards and Afghanistan cannot be won.
    The US and it’s allies should leave and let mob rule.It will in the end anyway.

  17. Steph says:

    My last blog post regarding the blindness of the left in the name of “tolerance” is similar to some of the comments made here. We cannot be “good enough”, “nice enough”, give in enough, gave them more land – nothing will appease them except our deaths or conversion to Islam. Those are the two choices and, until the left wakes up, we will end up with Sharia law here and God helps us women.