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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – “Our camera battery went down… “

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan explains the terrifying moments before she was sexually attacked.

It happened in Cairo, during the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s government.

“We’ve got to get out of here,” said one of her producers, but it was already too late.

Logan was dragged off by a group of men.

“I thought, not only am I going to die here, but it’s going to be just a torturous death that’s going to go on forever and ever and ever,” explained Logan during an interview for “60 Minutes”.

She explained how her clothes were ripped off and she was groped and beat in what she described as “a merciless attack” by 200-300 men.

Tabitha Gallerani from Fort Lauderdale understands why Logan is coming forward.

“It gives her power back by saying, this is what happened to me, I’m not afraid to say it,” said Gallerani. “I was raped by my boss,” she continued.  “Here I am at work, never expecting that I’m going to be attacked, especially a sexual assault.

Gallerani says coming forward is part of healing.

“It’s really important to tell your story, to let people know that ‘ya know, I’m telling people what happened to me, this doesn’t define me,’ but it allows people to see what happened.”

Logan says, it’s all about re-gaining strength.

“When I thought I’m going to die here, my next thought was I can’t believe I just, I just let them kill me. That was as much fight as I had, that I just gave in and I gave up on my children so easily,” recalled Logan. “How could you do that. . . I thought you were. . . Stronger than that.”

You can see Logan’s complete interview Sunday at 7pm on 60 Minutes on CBS4.

Many women or men who have been sexually attacked never come forward to report what happened to them or to get help.

Click Here for help in Miami-Dade County.

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