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Lara Logan, is it worth it?

February 16, 2011

I was hoping to write about something happy.

Photo credit: AP Images

But, then news broke about CBS correspondent Lara Logan being sexually assaulted by a group of men in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak resigned.

My initial reaction was shock. “What a way to ‘kill the messenger,” I thought. But, then instead of thinking as a journalist, I thought as a woman.

Only she knows what it feels like to be surrounded by countless men: touching, pulling, feeling, groping.

Her and all other women that suffer through this crime. According to the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, one in every six females are raped in their lifetime. For men, the statistics are one in every 33.

And that’s only in America, where the grass is greener and the sky is bluest.

According to the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, one in three women are raped worldwide.

At a book reading today at Emerson College, Carole Simpson, veteran anchor and news reporter, spoke about her experiences being African-American and a woman during a time where both were seen as inferior to white men.

Her book “News Lady,” attempts to piece together the many times she was discriminated because of her gender and race within the field of journalism. Because she was “the double whammy,” as she put it, she had to deal with people’s ignorance about being black and a woman.

To my shock Simpson said she was ridiculed more often for being a woman, to the point of being groped multiple times.

Being a woman is hard and being a female correspondent puts you in danger. Even Simpson had to deal with brutality on the job while reporting from South Africa in 1990.

Do the pros outweigh the cons? Is it worth it to endanger your life to get the story out?

Logan is known for her courageous reporting and her fearless attitude. But I wonder if she still thinks it was worth it now.

My thoughts go out to Logan. I can only hope her strong character and the help of family and friends can get her through this terrible experience.

And Logan, thanks for being so kick-ass.

I’d also like to remind everyone that a group of filthy men is not representative of an entire society. Be kind to the people of Egypt and don’t let this disparage your image of them.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2011 1:36 am

    She got what she always wanted

    • February 17, 2011 2:34 am

      How so? She’s a reporter who tries to tell the story. That doesn’t mean she went looking for rape. Explain what you mean.

  2. March 14, 2011 12:36 pm

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