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Sexual Violence and the Arab Uprisings

Patricia Leidl Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

As more sickening details emerge of what actually happened to CBS reporter Lara Logan in Tahrir Square on Feb. 13, the partisan rhetoric shows no signs of abating. Some claim that it was "pro-Mubarak" thugs who sexually assaulted and almost killed the 39-year-old mother of two, while others point the finger at "pro-liberation" hooligans. Still others have used the incident to demonize Muslims in general.

Such distinctions, however, have nothing to do with why Logan was attacked and, in fact, obscure the real issue. ...

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