Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lara Logan Educates About Long Term Effects and PTSD After Sexual Assault.

Update: Rape victims are often told, "you should be over it by now..." or, "It's been a year, move on--" but those who have suffered ANY trauma, real, deep trauma--know that the Post Trauma Stress can be so heavy that it indeed becomes a matter which must be addressed medically and psychologically.
I have worked with rape victims who were basically told by the police
that "it wasn't a real rape" or "it isn't worth pushing an investigation" because she wasn't bruised and bloodied, or because she waited too long to report the crime, or because she took a ride home (merely to GET home, smiling, hoping he did not realize she knew she was raped, hoping she could just softly, quietly slide away to safety) ...any way, here is the Latest from Lara Logan:
Update: Lara Logan Says effects of sexual assault Do Not Go Away... HERE
CBS 60 minutes video below) and story HERE.  Lara Logan Feared Death: Update May 1, 2011:  On cbs 60 minutes, Lara Logan indicates that she believed she was going to die during the sexual assault and beating in Egypt's Tahrir Square. "She was set upon by a mob of several hundred men. She said in an interview with Scott Pelley that 'there was no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying. I thought not only am I going to die, but it's going to be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever.' After being rescued, she returned to the United States and was treated in a hospital for four days..."
"Ms. Logan, a CBS News correspondent, was in the square preparing a report for “60 Minutes” on Feb. 11 when the celebratory mood suddenly turned threatening. She was ripped away from her producer and bodyguard by a group of men who tore at her clothes and groped and beat her body. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Ms. Logan said in an interview with The New York Times. She estimated that the attack involved 200 to 300 men."

Journalist Amand Lindhout's
Somalian Kidnapping horror story HERE
It never ends.
"CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was assaulted and sexually abused by an Egyptian crowd last week during the celebration of President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step aside. Logan, a veteran foreign correspondent, was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for "60 Minutes" on Feb. 11 when "she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," CBS News said in a statement published on their website today.

lara logan picture apparently taken just minutes before violent attack

"In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers," according to the CBS statement.  

more video and story here at NPR.

Sadness. I pray pray pray that the use of the terms in the report of this assault--indicates that the crimes committed against her were on the least violent in the spectrum.

These two stories show how the modern media is used to react instantly or even smear in insane and appalling ways after events: (Because sexual assault is always about getting attention, right)

click on pic to enlarge twitter feed.


second post here:


Updated info from The Daily Mail, London Times and Daily Beast:

From the Daily Mail: “More details have emerged of Lara Logan's terrifying ordeal at the hands of a frenzied mob. The 39-year-old foreign correspondent for CBS News show 60 Minutes was separated from her film crew in Cairo on February 11 and surrounded by as many as 200 men in Tahrir Square at the height of the anti-Mubarak demonstrations. According to one source, reported in The Sunday Times newspaper, sensitive parts of her body were covered in red marks that were originally thought to have been bite marks. After further examination they were revealed to be from aggressive pinching. It has also been revealed that she was stripped, punched and slapped by the crowd, which was labelling her a spy and chanting 'Israeli' and 'Jew' as they beat her.And medical sources have revealed that marks on her body were consistent with being whipped and beaten with the makeshift poles that were used to fly flags during the demonstration. An unnamed friend of the reporter told The Sunday Times: 'Lara is getting better daily. The psychological trauma is as bad as, if not worse than, the physical injuries. She might talk about it at sometime in the future, but not now.'

(After being taken to the Four Seasons hotel, she was treated and sedated by the hotel doctor. Within hours of the attack she was was flown out of the country and spent five days in a New York hospital.) Witnesses say the mainly peaceful protests to end Mubarak's rule had taken a more violent turn after the Egyptian president announced his resignation. The military presence controlling the amount of people entering Tahrir Square seemed to evaporate, and an angrier element had flowed in. Miss Logan was attacked around 1am as she filmed in the square. Egyptian state media had been publishing negative stories about foreign journalists, with many reports alleging that many Israeli spies were masquerading as news crews. Days before her attack, Miss Logan had been held in Alexandria on suspicion of being foreign spies.

“ Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1358944/Lara-Logan-attack-Stripped-punched-whipped-flag-poles.html#ixzz1EhjdwGw2

Responses, videos and extended coverage click here

UPDATE: Nir ROsen has resigned. http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/02/16/nir-rosen-resigns-from-nyu-after-trashing-lara-logan-on-twitter/



  1. I was taught in Human Sexuality (a Psychology class) that PTSD is not only a mental disorder, but it is brain damage caused by external events. if it is brain damage, then it makes sense that it doesn't just "go away".

    It makes sense that she didn't think she'd be able to talk about it publicly, I never thought I'd be able to.

  2. Yes. I taught a child development class at USF 15 years ago and the research was emerging that experience changes physical make-up. Ones activities and behavior and experiences result in long-term or permanent changes in brain functioning, base rates of autonomic functions, etc. So --
    saying that differences in brains (or in this or that variable) between two groups
    means that
    the groups are/were born different is not neccessarily true; [unless you were to have measured the brain or other base rates beginning at birth (or before]]-
    -it is entirely possible that experiences changed/made the brains different.
    so--For Example,: saying, "this area of the brains of depressed people are different than the brains of non-depressed people"-- "therefore, they must have been born predisposed to depression"-- may be making the mistake of associating confounds with causality.