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Many of us watched the crowd in Tahrir Square last Friday when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down—after weeks of protests and unrest. Regardless of where we stood on the issues, we were relieved to see the upheaval come to an end.
Lara Logan and her team, including security, were there to bring us the latest updates in the ongoing saga. They found themselves surrounded by the worst of human-kind, roughly 200 frenzied miscreants, and Ms. Logan was separated from her crew.
CBS says Lara Logan “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault,” before being rescued by a group of women and approximately 20 Egyptian soldiers.
She was taken to her hotel and put on the first flight out of Cairo the following morning.
Upon her return to the states she was immediately hospitalized and remains so as of this writing. She is expected to recover—-but I think that depends on what your definition of ‘recover’ is.
There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.
A little bit late, don’t you think? The time to respect your employee’s privacy would have been before you released this horrific story, along with her name!
Ms. Logan and crew had been detained briefly on February 3, 2011, as the riots and protest were heating up. They were all released unharmed at that time.
The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement in 2005, pointing out some of the dangers to journalists. It says, in part:
A report published in 2005 by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights said that “journalists in Egypt suffer numerous forms of discrimination including unfairness in legislation, judicial prosecution of journalists for their writing and opinions, assault and death threats, and sexual assault of female journalists.”
CBS and Lara Logan were fully aware of the danger, yet chose feed our appetites for salacious stories by ignoring the warning.
I want to blame Logan, I want to blame CBS and I want to blame us; yet the fault belongs to the perpetrators of this barbaric, sadistic and violent act.
They wanted democracy yet chose mob rule. How very cowardly.
I am so angry, outraged, that this happened—-as are most of reading this. Much of my anger stems from knowing that the whole “equality” movement has backfired on women. In my opinion, there are some jobs that women simply shouldn’t be allowed to do. Whether Logan wanted to be there or not is beside the point; we know how these people and their ‘religion of peace’ really are. They have very little, if any respect for women at all.
Please do not think I’m placing any blame on Lara. I am not—she should have been able to do what she does without being assaulted. However, when you factor in all the variables, it would have been much kinder if her boss had said ” No, Lara, you can’t go this time.”
Of course he would have set himself up for a lawsuit, but that is preferable to this travesty.
I doubt these men will ever be caught or punished. Savaging women seems to be okay with the general population of those peace loving folks. Obviously the peace they seek is in the ruination of women.
From watching this young woman over the years, she appears strong and determined.
We can only hope and pray she remains that way and comes away from this brutal, “sustained sexual assault” with her head held high.
As for CBS, was naming her and the trauma she endured really necessary? Are the ratings worth it?
Logan made her name as a war correspondent for Britain’s GMTV during the start of the U.S.-led Afghanistan war in 2001 and subsequently reported on the war in Iraq. She joined CBS News in 2002.
What do you think? How do you feel about CBS exploiting this tragedy? Should we rethink having women in danger zones—-those known for their mistreatment of women?
Do you think whoever, or whatever is in charge of Egypt right now will even attempt to find and punish those responsible for this heinous attack?
Please watch a great interview with Lara Logan and leave your thoughts in the comment section beneath the video.