When I heard the news this afternoon, I was gobsmacked. I sent out an email to our virtually all female team here at Strollerderby asking, “Did you guys hear about this? CBS reporter Lara Logan was assaulted in Tahrir Square the day Mubarak stepped down.” We all know reporters – including Anderson Cooper – had been slapped around a bit by the crowds in Cairo, but to hear that a female reporter had “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” the day Mubarak stepped down seemed absolutely unbelievable to me. February 11th was supposed to be a day of liberation and celebration, not devastation.
The worst part of the story is, the men who raped Logan are described by CBS as a “dangerous element amidst the celebration,” but not necessarily angry Mubarak supporters. What this means is, this “mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy” could have been attacking Logan in celebration. Not that raping a woman out of anger is any better, of course, but I’m beyond sick and enraged at the idea that raping and pillaging is still considered a way for adrenaline-filled men to congratulate themselves on a job well done.
The attackers have not been identified, and according to CBS, “there will be no further comment” on the incident, during which Logan was separated from her crew and then surrounded. Remarkably, Logan was “saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.” She was flown home February 12th and is in a New York hospital recovering.
Logan is mother to two young children, Lola and Joseph. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Logan and her family.
Image and source: CBS News