Lara Logan Talks to 60 Minutes

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

I don't really know much about trigger-warnings, when to use them, or when not to, or even whether there's a real consensus around them. But in my ongoing effort to be a decent human being, I will say that this post and this story is about the rape of journalist Lara Logan. She recounts the incident in detail.


Continuing after the jump.

From The Times:


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.

This is the kind of violence which I can't even imagine. I've seen dudes get beat-down by what were, effectively, mobs. (Though I wouldn't have said "mob" back then. It's funny how our conception of violence is reflected in language.) But I don't really know what the psychology is there. 

As for Logan, frankly I'm shocked that she's actually talking about it. I really don't think I could.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/04/lara-logan-talks-to-60-minutes/238027/