Here's How Not to Talk About Lara Logan

Her looks have nothing to do with sexual assault story: Mary Elizabeth Williams
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Lara Logan Sexual Assault: Media, Time to Stop Blaming the Victim
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan attends the 2004 American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Awards gala on June 22, 2004 at the New York Hilton Hotel, in New York City.   (Getty Images)

News of Lara Logan's sexual assault in Egypt just came to light yesterday, and already the "blame the victim" mentality is on full display. One "stunningly offensive blog post" took just minutes to "hinge the story on the blond reporter's looks," writes Mary Elizabeth Williams on Salon. The LA Weekly post in question noted, among other things, Logan's "shocking good looks" and referred to her as a "warzone 'it girl'" and a "gutsy stunner." Williams sarcastically responds, "It's not like she deserved it, but well, she is hot, right?"

In addition to that "hideously twisted bit of commentary on an assault victim, one that repulsively mingles the woman's attractiveness and sexual history with a violent crime," we also have journalist Nir Rosen's "wildly tone-deaf" and apparently "joking" tweets on the topic ... among other tasteless responses. Williams concludes, "Here’s what you do say when something like this happens. Like countless women around the world, Lara Logan was attacked in the line of duty. She was assaulted doing her job. It was a crime of unspeakable violence." Click to read Williams' entire column. (More Lara Logan stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.