Karen Ocamb

Lara Logan Talks About her Sexual Assault

Filed By Karen Ocamb | May 04, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: 60 Minutes, Hollywood, Lara Logan, sexual assault

Lara Logan's appearance on 60 Minutes Sunday was overshadowed by the breaking news about the killing of al-Quada mastermind Osama bin Laden. I do not want her bravery in telling this horrendous story should go without notice for in some ways she represents so many women who have been forced to endure sexual assault - many, many of whom keep it quiet out of shame or embarrassment or fear that telling will cost them their jobs - women servicemembers as well as women journalists. I applaud Lara Logan for her courage.

Meanwhile, KCBS Channel 2 News reported that a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted by two of five men who "befriended" her in Hollywood around 3:00am on the second level of the parking structure that serves Pacific's Cinerama Dome, Arclight Hollywood, 24 Hour Fitness and area restaurants in the 6300 block of Sunset Boulevard. "We just know there was a bunch of males involved and there was females involved," said Detective Chris Merlo. "This whole parking structure was filled with a lot of people at the time."

Here's Lara Logan on 60 Minutes:

(Crossposted at LGBTPOV)


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But, hey! Men got their precious democracy in Egypt, so who cares about how this is an empty symbol for women there.

Those savages will just go and vote out women's rights instead of having to worry about a regime that set them as targets prior.

Same shit in Iraq. Saddam stopped massacring them and suddenly they had enough free time to go around in gangs gluing gay men's anuses shut.

It's democracy! Even though it doesn't prove to solve issues of minority oppression at all we should celebrate it for its own sake.

Wow, the moment you called them all "savages" you basically invalidated anything further that you had to say.

Maybe we can ensure democracy that solves issues for minorities by forcing them too. I know! We'll call it "cultural imperialism" and we'll invade them and make them do what we want!

YES!

Right, as if there's any term for these men who rape remorselessly (and of whom there are many of at the moment) other than "savages". I'm sorry, to you it might sound better as "misunderstood".

As if providing support for Mubarak's overthrow didn't make part of said cultural imperialism, let alone Libya. It's only cultural imperialism when we disagree with the position, of course.

Wow. Lara Logan's story is so scarey, so sad, and so true for so many of us. There is no privilege or set of privileges in this world that absolutely protects anyone from sexual assault. Logan: surrounded by male bodyguards and drivers and producer...nope. Logan: world famous TV reporter...nope. Logan: journalist doing her job...nope. Logan: US citizen...nope. Me: young woman just trying to get from Springfield IL to Bloomington IL...nope. Millions of us just prey for the predators: women of any age, girls, boys, men who are not butch enough or who have situational vulnerability...yup. If we are seen as not tough/old/protected enough to stop them, we are for their taking.

Wow. Lara Logan's story is so scarey, so sad, and so true for so many of us. There is no privilege or set of privileges in this world that absolutely protects anyone from sexual assault. Logan: surrounded by male bodyguards and drivers and producer...nope. Logan: world famous TV reporter...nope. Logan: journalist doing her job...nope. Logan: US citizen...nope. Me: young woman just trying to get from Springfield IL to Bloomington IL...nope. Millions of us just prey for the predators: women of any age, girls, boys, men who are not butch enough or who have situational vulnerability...yup. If we are seen as not tough/old/protected enough to stop them, we are for their taking.