CBS Reporter Lara Logan Opens Up About Tahrir Square Attack


"Women never complain about incidents of sexual violence because you don't want someone to say 'Well, women shouldn't be out there,'" Logan said in the "60 Minutes" interview. "But I think there are a lot of women who experience these kinds of things as journalists and they don't want it to stop them from doing their job because they do it for the same reasons as we: they're committed to what they do."

Trauma in the line of duty can make it difficult for victims to return to work, Klapow said.

"It's common for police, firefighters, railroad conductors after there's been an accident; sometimes people aren't able to return to that job. Not that they can't work, but that job can become too much of a trigger," Klapow said, describing the tendency of traumatic experiences to cause flashbacks in similar situations.

Although Klapow couldn't comment on Logan specifically, he said it's "entirely plausible that someone who has gone through what she has could suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome," adding that sexual violence can also impact relationships and intimacy.

"While this was in no way an intimate act, the two are tied together," he said. "It's not unfathomable that she could have issues with physical intimacy."

Logan, who returned to work at CBS News Wednesday, said she doesn't plan on giving more interviews on the attack -- a decision that Klapow called "protective."

"Dealing with trauma like this doesn't necessarily mean talking about your trauma over and over," Klapow said. "As a psychologist I applaud her for coming forward and telling her story, but I also support her in her wish not to make this her life cause."

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