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Despite being brutally attacked and sexually assaulted by a crazed mob in Egypt, CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan is reportedly vowing to return to work in the next few weeks. Sources tell TMZ that the 39-year-old working mother has an "incredibly tough constitution" and has been telling friends that what happened in Egypt will not destroy her.
On Feb. 11, Logan -- who is CBS' chief foreign affairs correspondent -- was on assignment in Egypt's Tahrir Square covering the celebrations following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. In the crush of the 200 or so amped-up revelers, Logan became separated from her crew and suffered what CBS called "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" at the hands of a mob of Egyptian men, before being rescued by a group of women and some 20 Egyptian soldiers.
Thankfully Logan's injuries weren't life-threatening and she was safely transported back to the United States. She was released from the hospital Tuesday and, according to People, is resting at her Washington, D.C.-area home with her husband and two children.
Fellow reporter Anderson Cooper twittered his well wishes for Logan. "Sickened and saddened by the attack on Lara Logan," the 43-year-old CNN anchor wrote. "She is in all of our thoughts and prayers."
Cooper himself narrowly escaped serious physical harm when he was attacked while covering the ongoing tumult in Egypt. He later twittered that it was with a "heavy heart" that he was leaving the country, and reiterated it was "a hard decision to leave."
Sources tell PopEater that just hours before confirmed reports of the attack on Logan, several CBS network executives met to discuss whether it was safe for female journalists to report in the Middle East. "It's terrifying what happened to Lara, and we would be irresponsible to not have internal conversations about if young female reporters should ever be put in such dangerous situations," one concerned executive said. "However, the last thing we want to do is blame the victim for being a female."
We tend to agree with another exec who reportedly said that "what happened to (Logan was) terrible, but the last thing she would want is handing over dangerous stories to just the boys. After all, Anderson Cooper got attacked. What news organizations should be doing is everything they can to protect all their employees regardless of gender."
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