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Lara Logan talks PTSD after Tahrir Square to the New York Daily News

Lara Logan, CBS Correspondent, talks about PTSD after being assaulted in Tahrir Square, to the New York Daily News.

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CBS news chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan arrives at the 33rd Annual American Women in Radio & Television's Gracie Allen Awards held at the Marriott Marquis on May 28, 2008, in New York City. (Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Lara Logan, the CBS News Correspondent who was assaulted in Tahrir Square while covering the Egyptian uprising last February, spoke with the New York Daily News about the post traumatic stress disorder she experienced following the incident.

Logan was covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square after President Hosni Mubarak left office on Feb. 11, 2011 when a group of men tore her away from her producer and bodyguard, beating her, tearing her clothes and groping her body. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Logan told The New York Times.

It has been almost a year since then but the reporter, who currently has nine stories in the works for “60 Minutes,” is still experiencing the after-effects of that night.

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Logan told the Daily News that many people didn't know about PTSD. “There’s something called latent PTSD. It manifests itself in different ways. I want to be free of it, but I’m not.

Logan broke her silence about what happened in Tahrir Square last May, when she told the story on "60 Minutes," saying she fought off her attackers for about 25 minutes, thinking she wouldn’t make it out of the Square alive.

"I was in no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying," she said on "60 Minutes," the Los Angeles Times reported. She said the thought of her two children at home kept her going.

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Logan told the Daily News she’s still putting her life back together with the help of her family and friends.

“Your family is critical,” said Logan, the Daily News reported. “You can’t do it alone. My husband is a great support. He understands, he doesn’t hide from it, from what happened. He knows everything, more than anyone, what they did to me.”

She said her daughter Lola, soon to be 2, and son Joseph, 3, are her main priorities. She told the Daily News:

“When I’m lying there, waiting for my daughter to go to sleep, I have time to think about things. Those can be dark moments. You ranger through, you have to. You’re aware of how much you have and it’s so much more than what you’ve lost. You have a responsibility. Life is not about dwelling on the bad.”

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