The case of CBS Chief correspondent Lara Logan’s rape and beating by a gang of Egyptians in Tahrir Square who were celebrating the stepping down of President Mubarak is beyond appalling. But it is not at all surprising. This isn’t the first time that a beautiful female reporter has been violated.
In 2008, a similarly beautiful blond reporter, Joanie de Rijke, a Dutch journalist went to search for the Taliban in Afghanistan and found them. But she did not find them hospitable. Instead fact found them to be a violent bunch of rapists who held her captive and repeatedly raped her.
Like Lara Logan, de Rijke was released by her captives, but she was not released until a week later only after a $137,000 ransom was paid on her behalf while being continually raped.
The ordeal obviously took it’s toll on her psychologically as she no doubt suffered from Stockholm Syndrome whereby she identified with her captors by stating ‘They also respected me, ‘They are not monsters.’
Any man who rapes a woman is clearly a “monster!” A rapist respects no one- not even himself!
Two years later beautiful reporter was in Mumbai trying to cover a story when an angry mob attacked her and tried to rape her. As the camera lights went out you can hear her guttural sounds of distress as she is heard yelling “STOP IT!” There so no doubt whatsoever that the sound that was heard emanating from her voice was the fear for her life.
While rape and attempted rape is bad enough there is nothing worse than a woman journalist losing her life because she is reporting in a part of the world that doesn’t respect women and doesn’t acknowledge that they have equal rights.
Zahra Kazemi, an attractive Canadian freelance photojournalist who was arrested after taking photos outside a Teheran prison during a student protest not only suffered torture and rape, she was ultimately killed due to her injuries.
Beautiful Iraqi journalist and reporter Atwar Bahjat unfortunately suffered the same fate back in 2006. The Al-Arabiya television presenter was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Iraq. Bahjat died of bullet wounds to her head, neck and chest.
Her rapist ended up confessing to her murder as he stated in a videotaped confession” We parked beside the main street, I asked the girl to step out and I told her, ‘You are pretty and I like you, and I want to have sex with you,”. Bahjat refused. “But I put the pistol to her head, and I raped her.”
So now we have Lara Logan who was not physically killed. But there is no doubt that there was a part of her that died On February 11, 2010, when the humanity and dignity was taken away from this 39 year old mother of two young children.
The same thing could have happened to her CBS colleague Katie Couric who by the grace of God got out of Egypt in time, after being harassed and abused on the streets of Cairo. CBS news anchor Katie Couric was suddenly surrounded by a group of angry men. Her face shows her fear and upset over the situation.
SHOULD FEMALE JOURNALISTS BE SENT TO SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE WORLD WHERE JUST BEING A WOMAN CAN CREATE DANGER?
So the question arises “ Should news outlets allow female journalists to cover stories in various parts of the world?
I say NO WAY!! Let us learn from these incidents. These parts of the world that are simply not safe for anyone, let alone women, Look at what happened to Anderson Cooper who was repeatedly hit in the head by protesters during the protests in Egypt or Miguel Marquez who was recently roughed up and beaten in Baharain .
While I along with every other American, Canadian and European is all for women’s rights and women’s equality, there are places in the world where women will never be equal, let alone have any rights.
In some countries, a woman still must walk in back of a man. They must not speak back to their husbands or they will get slapped and abused. If their husband dies, they cannot go out alone and fend for themselves.
A male relative must do their bidding. If they have no male relative they are simply out of luck. In some parts of the world a woman needs a man’s permission to do anything. A woman cannot vote or drive, travel abroad or stay out late with friends. They cannot go to restaurants without a man and they must ask a man’s permission before doing anything. In some countries, a woman’s worth is considered half a person.
If a woman is raped in certain parts of the world, it is often considered her fault that she was “dishonored” and honor killings to get rid of the woman for embarrassing her family are common.
If a man rapes a woman, nothing usually happened. Under Egyptian President Mubarak’s rule, if a man raped a woman and found guilty, he was sentenced to three years in prison, but the operative words here are” if he was found guilty”. Most of the time, the men are not found guilty and if they have to spend time in prison for their act, they are essentially on vacation, with little or no punishment or censure from members of their society.
So what will happen to the Egyptian men who were found guilty of raping journalist Lara Logan? Most likely, nothing will happen to them. It is doubtful that anyone will come forth and report the names of the actual rapists for fear of retribution themselves. In fact many would consider the rapists heroes for dishonoring an” Infidel” – an American infidel at that.
Her savage beating of a reported “sustained sexual attack” actually means that she was no doubt gang raped. There is no way in my view that they will find her gang of rapists, let alone punish them.
It has been reported in the media that she was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers but who knows how accurate that report was. The fact that she got out alive is a miracle in itself. The fact that she reconnected with her news crew, returned to her hotel and was able to walk aboard a plane on the on the first flight out of Cairo to the US the next morning is also a miracle.
I don’t believe any woman should be put into harm’s way. They are defenseless in certain countries and need to know all of the possible consequences before they commit to such assignments.
More than anyone else the world, the Israeli Defense Services know the dangers of women in combat in certain regions in the Middle East. Several years ago they temporarily took on women in front line roles as part of a test which investigated women in combat.
The results were so bad that they determined that women could no longer serve front line roles in the Israeli military but women could still serve in other forms of combat such as
fighter pilots , artillery gunners and most roles in the navy.
The bottom line is that any woman who insists on covering stories in certain parts of the world where sexually assaulting and raping women and women journalists are common practice, are taking their lives into their own hands.
The world is not always kind to women and like it or not, in many places they are less than equal. http://www.drlillianglass.com