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Sexual violence against journalists

June 20, 2011


Hour 2

Chaotic public events are often the setting for sexual abuse of journalists. CBS correspondent Lara Logan was assaulted at this political demonstration in Cairo. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Before the news of the sexual assault of CBS correspondent Lara Logan, few cases of sexual attacks against journalists had ever been documented.  Now, more and more female journalists are coming forward with similar stories.  They also say that they chose to remain silent about these experiences because of cultural and professional stigmas against women journalists and for fear that they would be perceived as vulnerable and therefore denied future assignments in dangerous parts of the world. The Committee to Protect Journalists has just released a new report, The Silencing Crime: Sexual Violence and Journalists.  We talk with the report’s author LAUREN WOLFE, KIM BARKER who has covered Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and ELANA NEWMAN, research director at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

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