‘Taharrush Jamai,‘ with Taharrush meaning ‘collective harassment’ in Arabic is a practice where women are openly raped or sexually assaulted by large crowd of men in a barbaric manner. Journalist Lara Logan, formerly of CBS News and now with FOX News, was brutally gang-raped in Tahrir Square while reporting on the Arab Spring in Cairo.
These offenders are bolder because they feel safe in numbers. As these occurrences take place in very large crowds, the offenders usually go unpunished as it would be difficult to determine who did what.
Lara Logan spoke out for the first time on ’60 MINUTES’ two months after her terrifying sexual assault in Egypt. The then 39-year-old CBS foreign correspondent said she was convinced she was going to die when the frenzied mob tore her away from her film crew and bodyguard in the streets of Cairo in Tahrir Square.
A group of at least 200 men beat her, pinched her and tore at her clothes in a 40-minute attack that only ended when a group of women came to her aid.
She told the New York Times: ‘For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands…What really struck me was how merciless they were. ‘They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.’
In her first television interview since being sexually assaulted, the CBS News chief foreign correspondent and “60 Minutes” reporter revealed what happened to her in Tahrir Square in an interview with Scott Pelley.