Sexual Assault of CBS Reporter May Be A Warning Sign to All Female Reporters Who Cover Stories In Countries Where Women Have Limited or No Rights

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.


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.


7 thoughts on “Sexual Assault of CBS Reporter May Be A Warning Sign to All Female Reporters Who Cover Stories In Countries Where Women Have Limited or No Rights

  1. I have to agree with everything you said here Dr. Glass. We saw how civilized and peaceful so many people were during the protests but criminals are everywhere and take advantage whenever they can and wherever they are. This attack and rape was so predictable and I am surprised we don’t hear of many more cases of this happening during the protests. How we would like the world to be is not how the world IS and we can’t force our rights upon others who don’t believe in them. Our prisons, too, are full of people who don’t believe others have any rights at all. A reporter would never walk into a prison and do interviews if all the prisoners were free from their cells…this really has nothing to do with being Egyptian.


  2. Thank you, Dr. Glass, for this timely and insightful synthesis revealing the pattern of terror created by systematic rape and abuse of women. This method of creating and maintaining control over women has always been a component of war, and unfortunately continues to be a problem for women in military contexts, even from their own male soldiers, often from their own “first world” countries. When we add a cultural context that both explicitly and implicitly supports and condones gang rape and murder of women as a method of social control, and specifically of Western women who may be made an example to others who may follow, we need to pay attention.

    Behaving as a free adult does not make any of these reprehensible acts committed by men the fault of the victims. At the same time, regardless of the rights women “should” have to travel freely, and engage in professional activities, treating women as equal in a circumstance where we are unequally targeted for violence can only mean continued tragedy.

    The one positive point I would like to add is to mention the availability of a brief and effective trauma therapy, EMDR, which has been empirically validated to rapidly reduce the distress of even these “Big T” traumas and facilitate the victims’ recovery. My hope is that Ms. Logan and any other victims of violence look into this highly effective trauma therapy, as it can expedite their healing.


  3. I was under the impression, from various news reports, that Lara Logan was not raped but rather “suffered brutal sexual assault”. Wouldn’t it be better to report that rather than writing that she was raped? Both are absolutely horrible, and my compassion goes out to Lara her friends and her family.


  4. What happened to Lara Logan is appalling, but what’s even worse are the comments made by people like Nir Rosen and Debbie Schlussel…here are a few things Schlussel said on her blog:

    The reaction of the left to this article is funny in its predictability. Sooo damn predictable. Of course I don’t support “sexual assault” or violence against Lara Logan, and I said that nowhere here. RIF–Reading Is Fundamental. Your premature articulation is a problem. I did say that it warms my heart when reporters who openly deny that Islam is violent and constantly promote it get the same kinds of threats of violence I get every day from Muslims. Because now they know how it feels. They aren’t so dismissive of the threats when those threats are directed at them, instead of at us little people. And yet they still won’t admit that THIS. IS. ISLAM. Lara Logan was among the chief cheerleaders of this “revolution” by animals. Now she knows what Islamic revolution is really all about.


    So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows. Or so we’d hope. But in the case of the media vis-a-vis Islam, that’s a hope that’s generally unanswered.

    This never happened to her or any other mainstream media reporter when Mubarak was allowed to treat his country of savages in the only way they can be controlled.

    Now that’s all gone. How fitting that Lara Logan was “liberated” by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the “liberation.”

    Hope you’re enjoying the revolution, Lara! Alhamdilllullah [praise allah].

    Sickening. No one deserves to be raped…but it’s not like Americans treat women much better. How many times do we hear the words “false rape allegation”? How many women are victims of domestic violence or domestic homicide? How many are trafficked for sex? How many men watch violent pornography? For God’s sake, a 16 year old girl was gang raped at a Homecoming dance while people watched, took pictures, and didn’t bother to tell someone what was going on! It’s a crisis of monumental importance.


  5. Thank you for this blog entry Dr. Glass. My heart and prayers goes out to all the victims of sexual crimes. I will pray for their healing and peace of mind in trying to rebuild their shattered lives. In the context of the women reporters and other Western women visiting Arab muslim countries, Islam propaganda is misogynistic and violent. Reading the Hadiths based on Mohammed’s life, when muslim men had women captives, they raped them because they’re viewed as “War booty”.

    It is sickening to me that the traditional media is gutless in reporting this aspect of Islam. Unlike violent crimes committed in the West, in the muslim world, not only are muslim women raped, Western women are raped as well and these crimes are punished under the law in the West. But in the muslim world, these animals will go free because the victims in the muslim world need FOUR WITNESSES to support the victim of rape. This is how these animals justify sexual assault under the political ideology of Islam. It is sickening. There is NO honor in a religion that promotes this kind of disgusting crimes, then claim to be holy and from G-d. There is nothing holy about it.


  6. Dr. glass, I agree with your opinion that women are not obliged to cover the news in a dangerous area for her safety. Because women can also play a role is no less important than covering the news in a dangerous area. If you ask me, it would be better if we or all should learn from events that have been there ..


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