Reporting Kai Jackson
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—She thought she was going to die and feared it would be “a torturous death.” CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan is breaking her silence, two months after she was sexually assaulted in Egypt.
Kai Jackson shares her painful yet brave words.
Reporters are trained to deliver yet avoid becoming part of it. Logan was attacked covering Egypt’s uprising and now reveals she feared she wouldn’t survive it.
Logan was in Egypt’s Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, covering the uprising for “60 Minutes.”
She was with her producer, cameraman, interpreter and bodyguard. Logan says her interpreter heard people in the crowd saying something that concerned him.
“Our camera battery went down, and we had to stop for a moment and suddenly he looks at me and says ‘We’ve got to get out of here,’” Logan recalled.
Yet as they hurried to leave, Logan was separated from the others. She was circled and a violent attack and sexual assault followed.
“I thought not only am I going to die here, but it’s going to be a torturous death and it’s going to go on forever and ever,” Logan said.
Logan told CBS’s Scott Pelley thoughts of her children helped her survive.
“When I thought I was going to die, my next thought was ‘I can’t believe I just let them kill me. That that was as much fight as I had, that I just gave in and I just gave up on my children so easily,’” Logan said.
You can see more of Logan’s exclusive interview with Scott Pelley on “60 Minutes” this Sunday at 7 p.m. on WJZ-TV.