Tragedy in Tahrir Square: “brutal, sustained sexual assault” of Reporter Lara Logan of CBS, 60 Minutes in Egypt.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 15, 2011
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I feel sick.

Read all about it here. Lara and her family have asked CBS and everyone not to pry, so we’ll keep it brief out of respect for what must be the hardest of times.  Official statement:

CBS 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.

Logan…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 finally…”reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning.”

From Chicago Tribune:

…”We have seen Lara’s compassion at work while helping journalists who have faced brutal aggression while doing their jobs,” Paul Steiger, editor of ProPublica and chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement. “She is a brilliant, courageous and committed reporter. Our thoughts are with Lara as she recovers.”

…Among the many attacked were CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who was punched several times in the head, and Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot and cameraman Olaf Wiig, who were severely beaten.

Ms. Logan had been detained by Egyptian authorities in Cairo the week before.

For resources to stay safe from and report, recover from sexual assault and rape, click here. Please add anything helpful in comments.

Jon Stewart interviewed Lara Logan last year.

Yesterday, the Daily Show offered a completely inappropriate video punning about the hassling sexual loved up kissing affection for reporters in Tahrir Square—I can safely assume they hadn’t heard the news yet.

From last week:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


20 Responses to “Tragedy in Tahrir Square: “brutal, sustained sexual assault” of Reporter Lara Logan of CBS, 60 Minutes in Egypt.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    At least the rescue by Egyptian women and soldiers brings some hope to this dark, dark, horrific tragedy. ~ Waylon

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Waylon Lewis, Waylon Lewis, jeremiah abrams, sarit rogers, Sabina Becker and others. Sabina Becker said: RT @elephantjournal: At least the rescue by Egyptian women + soldiers brings some hope to this dark tragedy. #laralogan […]

  3. Hollie says:

    Waylon, you asked for resources for survivors.

    I do yoga therapy for trauma survivors, specializing in survivors of domestic violence, assault and sexual assault.
    Right now I work one on one or in small groups in my client's homes or community centers. (Along with my volunteer work at SPAN, the Safehouse here in Boulder)

    I feel a little crass, using this tragedy to tell people about my work… however, I work on a donation only basis.
    My work is not about me or about making a bunch of money, it's about supplying people with resources
    (internal and external) that will support them in finding relief from their suffering.

    For more information please see…

    In solidarity,

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Cathy G I just read this story…shocking…my heart goes out to her…may this only make you stronger!!!!

    Nuray S This really makes me frustrated. She went there to help them by reporting their story. Very disappointed that they would do that to someone who has been trying to help.

    Naomi D: I'm sure 'they'- the ones who attacked her are beyond feeling any good thoughts about her/Americans/reporters/outsiders/stangers and find that assumption bizzare. So it is OK to rape someone 'not here to help'?

    Ramdesh: Prayers for her healing.

    # Naomi, great questions but let's keep this gentle. I don't think Nuray meant anything like that. ~ Waylon

    Obviously, "LIKE" MEANS DISLIKE, if you care to click the above.

    Nuray S: Well my family is Muslim and we are disgusted that those individuals would do something so stupid and intrusive. I think that is why some of them had issues with the reporters. They didn't want the world to really know what was going on but I think they made a bad situation worse by doing what they did to her. No one ever deserves that. I can only pray that she is not afraid of Muslims after this….I am so disgusted beyond words. so beyond words. I wish I could hug her and apologize for what happened.

    Naomi I just realized your comment and you are taking it the wrong way. I am sorry your interpretation was wrong. The whole situation is bad…………you twist it by trying to pick my words apart. If I felt that way I wouldn't have posted anything. The point is that she wouldn't have been over there if she didn't care and wasn't trying to help. Sorry, you felt the need to ask that.

    So very heartbreaking, in so many ways!

    I am so very happy for the people of Egypt, and it breaks my heart that such a brilliant moment has been sullied by the actions of a handful of heartless men. And yet I am so inspired that the women a…nd military made them stop. It could have ended differently.

    I know all too well that this horror will live on in her for a while, and yet I also know she will discover strengths that she didn't realize she had.

    My heart aches.

    Waylon, you asked for resources for survivors. I do yoga therapy for trauma survivors, specializing in survivors of domestic violence, assault and sexual assault.
    I work one on one or in small groups in my client's homes.

    I feel a little crass, using this tragedy to tell people about my work, but I work on a donation only basis. My work is not about me or about making a bunch of money, it's about supporting people with resources (internal and external) that will help relieve their suffering.
    For more information on my work please see…

    In solidarity,

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Not crass at all. Your work is an essential offering at this time and, unfortunately, on an ongoing basis. With gratitude: Yours, Waylon

  6. Ben_Ralston says:

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  7. FBG says:

    A terrible tragedy and I will send her strength. But these people hate us. I mean these were probably the same thugs dancing in the street when 9/11 happened. I am not happy for Egypt, I think that there will be dark days ahead. I have lived in the middle east for over two years and I am sorry but what they consider civilization is barbaric, repressive, and cruel. Welcome Sharia law because it is coming.

  8. TamingAuthor says:

    It may be time for the left wing media to rethink the manner in which they have been distorting the news, distorting coverage for ideological reasons, rather than keeping people (including themselves) truly informed.

    When the media becomes the victim of their own lack of in-depth investigation and research, when they become the victim of their own air-headed fantasy worldviews, perhaps we have a moment in which to reflect on what has been taking place for the past four or five years.

    This is the media that attacks the Tea Party for being somehow violent (even though there are no incidents of violence); this is the media that drums up lies and falsehoods and mean-spirited attacks on people like Sarah Palin; this is the media that believes it is okay to ridicule peace-loving Americans.

    Elephant, too, has to pay more attention to its coverage. More scrutiny should be given to media that distorts and misrepresents the world rather than providing honest and well-researched information.

  9. YesuDas says:

    FBG, that (in)famous film clip that purported to be Palestinians dancing in the street after the 9/11 attacks was discredited years ago. It was ten years old at the time.

    I'm curious as to how 1.7% of the American population are going to impose Sharia law on the United States.

  10. YesuDas says:

    I'm having a hard time connecting this little screed back to the sexual assault on Lara Logan. What exactly are you saying, TA?

  11. TamingAuthor says:

    I'm saying that when ideology distorts news coverage we end up with a false view of the world. When we have a false view of the world we act in ways that bring harm to ourselves. I am pointing out that the left wing media has distorted "reality" so drastically that people make bad decisions that cause harm to themselves and others.

    In this case, the fantasy media painted a picture of events that did not match what was taking place on the ground, and Lara was put in a position she should not have been in by news media executives more interested in creating a fairy tale liberal world than in real investigative journalism.

    Her horrible personal experience can be taken as a metaphor for the experience our entire nation will suffer if we do not start insisting the mainstream media get off its manipulative, fairy tale presentation of national and world events and deal with "facts on the ground."

    Just as Lara was put in a horrible situation by ideologue news executives, our entire nation is going to be put in harm's way by the slanted and distorted coverage they provide. This nation will be raped if we are led blindly into harm's way by ideologues controlling the media.

    There are many expressions of horror and sympathy on Elephant but a decided lack of soul searching that questions the false media views repeated here. Feel sorry for Lara but then get real angry about CBS News and demand real coverage and real news. Demand the news media become responsible for the harm done by the misinformation they spread that puts us all in danger.

  12. dan says:

    So, Logan, who has reported from Afghanistan and all sorts of violent anti-women places, who just days before her assault (which we know little about) was detained by the Egyptian police and then reported being “watched everywhere that we go” and “definitely being prevented from telling the story.” was in the square not to report but to fulfill a (your) perverted vision of some leftist agenda? Logan has shown herself unique among reporters, willing to go into places weaker hearts fear (mine included of course), yet she just can’t say no to those execs (with whom you must be on good terms with to know so much about their motives and directives)?

    What exactly do you mean “left wing media”? ( offers an overview of what a real liberal media would look like.) By “slanted news” and “ideologues” I assume you mean not News Corp? Given your wisdom please share, what is the real story?

  13. TamingAuthor says:

    Blame the victim? Can you read, Dan? Never said that in any way. Please re read what I have written. I blame those who have an agenda to distort the news. Lara is an employee. She reads the news. She does not make decisions regarding editorial policy and whether or not to spend money doing actual investigative reporting. I do, however, blame America if as a nation if we continue to be so stupid as to let a biased media lead us down the path into ignorance.

    If the media leads us to believe we are dealing with peace loving flower tossing hippies who desire to love all and embrace their human brothers with compassion… people will get hurt.

  14. TamingAuthor says:

    Worth reflecting upon:

    If the news is not accurately reported because of ideological bias, people become uninformed and they get hurt.

  15. TamingAuthor says:

    Exactly. The media construing a fantasy to justify their ideological bent is ugly. And people get hurt.

    From your responses, it appears you have little or no understanding of anything taking place in that part of the world. If you believe the attitude in the Middle East is the result of Israeli encroachment, you have been living in a fantasy. While I am not a great supporter of Israel there is a time when the facts do not allow such silly blame game tactics.

  16. dan says:

    I suppose you’re pointing to an opinion piece on a “Breitbart Presents” site in irony?

  17. TamingAuthor says:

    Anyone read Cass Sunstein's papers? Seems like the next step. Ever wonder how you could start a revolution with social networking? Now I just have to check out Dan… :>)

  18. integralhack says:


    You have some insights here: that news coverage of foreign events and even U.S. foreign policy is ideologically distorted–there is no greater evidence of reality distortion than the U.S. invasion of Iraq, based entirely on fictions.

    I was shocked and saddened to hear about Logan's assault, but more shocked to see the photo of a beautiful blonde Western reporter amidst a vast crowd of frenzied Egyptian men. The mistreatment and abuse of women in Egypt, after all, is well known. It was a recipe for disaster and I'm surprised that Logan and several others weren't killed.

    Just like our notions of exporting "Democracy" throughout the world are ideologically skewed and misinformed, it is also folly to assume that the overthrow of a dictator will somehow instantly educate and humanize a vast populace, many of which have primitive notions about human rights, let alone the rights of women.

    We also need to turn that critical lens toward ourselves–the use of the phrase "left wing media" here isn't helpful and only presents your own ideological bias. After all, Logan herself doesn't have much of a reputation as a "left wing" reporter (based on her criticism of those who have reported on the U.S. military leadership).

    Increasingly, I find that ideological distortion happens to both the left (the big letdown when Obama couldn't single handedly and magically stop the wars or fix the trashed economy) or the right (the undeserved Sarah Palin iconography and other Tea Party madness).

    Yogis and Buddhists, in particular, should know that seeing reality is an ongoing and critical effort and we can't ever rely upon mediated presentations.


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