There is no real information about the “sustained sexual assault.” We don’t know if it’s rape or a TSA-like assault, neither of which is acceptable, but also not comparable. But it really riles me that a report like this goes out, and we don’t know what happened to this female reporter in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the day Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Maybe it’s none of my business, but you can bet if I had been the western woman who suffered a sexual assault and beating, yet not been a public person – just a poor unfortunate nobody American in Egypt, the story and the gritty details would be everywhere. I have no criticism for Logan. This is about the news. She is being protected because she is a high-profile, “top” CBS reporter, or she is being protected in an effort to protect Egyptian mobs. Words matter. Change the report if it isn’t what most of us conjure as a “sustained sexual assault.” Having said that, I assume the assault was rape. See a video below.
“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan suffered a “brutal and sustained” sexual assault at the hands of a large group of men while covering the Egyptian uprising, CBS News said.
“It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy. In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew,” the statement said.
“She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.”
Logan and her crew had been detained at gunpoint by security forces on Feb. 2, the same day that many journalists were beaten or kidnapped.
She was kicked out of the country and came back to New York, where she told the Charlie Rose Show last Monday that she wanted desperately to go back…
She got her wish and returned to Egypt, arriving Friday – the day she was attacked.
The Examiner says Logan was raped, but doesn’t have a quote to verify. There is another report saying Logan was raped, repeatedly, but has nothing to verify but the words “sexually assaulted.” These days rape can never be considered the only source of a sexual assault. Read some background on Lara Logan and her controversial reporting style at LA Weekly blogs.
Please read this report from The Lonely Conservative for the emotional side of this terrible story, whether it was rape or it wasn’t. The video below is Ms. Logan on the Jon Stewart Show in 2008. She is South African, and spent in Afghanistan and Baghdad. There is a huge discussion going on at Memorandum. Read it here under the heading CBS New’ Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests.
Lara Logan 2008 Interview with Jon Stewart