As I watched Lara Logan's graphic 60 Minutes interview last night about the sexual assault she suffered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, it moved me that a seasoned journalist with significant security could so quickly become a victim of a brutal attack. The 60 Minutes correspondent, who usually does the interviewing and reporting herself, switched roles last night, proving if it could happen to her, it could happen to anyone, while helping reduce the stigma surrounding discussions of sexual assault.
"One thing that I'm extremely proud of, that I didn't intend, is when my female colleagues stood up and said that I had broken the silence on what all of us have experienced, but never talk about," she said. "Women never complain about incidents of sexual violence, because you don't want someone to say, 'well women shouldn't be out there.'"
Lara explained that before her near-death encounter with Egypt's sexual harassment and assault epidemic, she had no idea Egyptian women are regularly molested in public. One survey found that two out of three Egyptian men admit to publicly harassing women. Lara wanted to add her voice to those who confront sexual violence. You can watch part of her interview below.