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Lara Logan: Tahrir Square crowd in Egypt "raped me with their hands"

UPI News Service, 04/29/2011 

Lara Logan is speaking publicly for the first time about how between 200 and 300 men sexually assaulted her in Egypt's Tahrir Square in February.

The CBS reporter, who was covering the fall of Hosni Mubarak's government, told The New York Times a mob separated her from her producer and bodyguard, then tore off her clothes, groped and beat her over the course of about 25 minutes.

"For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands," Logan told the newspaper.

"My clothes were torn to pieces," she recalled.

"What really struck me was how merciless they were. They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence."

She eventually was rescued by a group of civilians and Egyptian soldiers.

The broadcast journalist returned home shortly after the attack and was hospitalized. She returned to work this month, the Times said.

Logan told the newspaper she hopes her ordeal will shed light on the sexual threats female journalists face when covering conflict zones.

"You only have your word," Logan said. "The physical wounds heal. You don't carry around the evidence the way you would if you had lost your leg or your arm in Afghanistan."

Logan is expected to describe the terrifying attack in more detail on Sunday night's edition of CBS' "60 Minutes."

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