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RAINN Offers Guidance In Responding To Logan Tragedy

RAINN Offers Guidance In Responding To Logan Tragedy

There is just no easy way to write about the Lara Logan tragedy.  An accomplished journalist, Logan was brutally attacked and raped while covering the fall of the Mubarak regime.  Eventually rescued by a group of Egyptian women and soldiers, Logan’s story has become the latest launching point in a persistent inability to talk about and react to incidents of sexual violent that does not victim blame or feed into a culture of rape.

Predictably Logan has faced a tirade of criticism for simply being a woman covering a once-in-a-lifetime political story.  So too have the perpetrators, with some quick to diminish the attack as the natural consequences of Muslim culture.  But like every instance of sexual violence, Logan’s attack was not about sex.  It was about power.

Educating others around the issues of sexual violence and survivorship is the advocacy group RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).  And in the case of Lara Logan, the group sees a real opportunity, a chance to really influence the way we think about why sexual violence occurs and how we can help its victims. 

And it comes down to empowerment, says RAINN spokesperson Katherine Hull.  “The best thing we can do is to empower back the victims,” said Hull in an interview for Care2.com.

As a public figure, Logan’s story presents some unique opportunities. She’s asked for the public to respect her privacy during this time and, according to Hull, honoring that wish is the “utmost” priority in reporting on the assault.  According to Hull, the fact that Logan and CBS have even shared what they have so far can work to help other victims find the strength and courage to come forward.  Logan can be that reminder that these women are not suffering alone.

It’s a message RAINN fights daily to promote.  And despite the fact that stories like Logan’s exist, that a person is the victim of sexual violence every two minutes in this country, Hull sees reason for hope.  “We’re making progress.  Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, but since 1993 reporting is up by one-third.”

Hull gives credit, in part, to public service campaigns, college education initiatives and media outreach, allowing honest and accurate conversations around rape, sexual assault and incest, which are more prevalent.  Hull points to recent storylines in popular television shows like Private Practice, and to public figures like Senator Scott Brown coming forward and sharing his story of victimhood as changing the tide, albeit slowly.

For those looking for some way to help, for some place to put anger, outrage or sympathy for Logan’s attack, please consider volunteering your time or your resources to groups like RAINN.

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8:44AM PDT on May 22, 2011

She told you what happened now move on. Nothing more to see.

3:13PM PST on Mar 12, 2011

Rape is nowadays fact and all perpetrators deserve
severe punishment, Life goes on and respect Mrs.Logan privacy.

2:49PM PST on Feb 23, 2011

Any unprevoked violence, especially rape, against anyone is a terrible thing. Victoms need support and perpetrators need prosecution. Nationality, culture, religion, should have nothing to do with it.

7:00AM PST on Feb 23, 2011

How politically incorrect — to do such studies and publish the results. Gracious me. Monica R. — how do you access your info? I live in Sweden, but such "politically incorrect" findings are not to be found in my end of the country!

5:42PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

@Tana cont'd
from BNP News:
"The Muslim link to the rape epidemic was already evident several years ago. In July 2005, a study from the Swedish Crime Prevention Council, Brå, revealed that rapists in that country were four times more likely to be foreign born.

In addition, the report revealed that “resident aliens” from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia make up the largest number of rapists.

The number of rape charges in Sweden has quadrupled in just above 20 years. Rape cases involving children under the age of 15 are six times as common today as they were a generation ago.

In 2005, Swedish lawyer Ann Christine Hjelm found that 85 percent of the convicted rapists were “born on foreign soil or from foreign parents". ”

5:16PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

@Tana cont'd

From EU Times:
"Alarmed at last week’s police statistics, which revealed that in 68% of all rapes committed this year the perpetrator was from an ethnic minority, leading Muslim organisations have now formed an alliance to fight the ever-growing problem of young second and third-generation immigrants involved in rape cases against young Danish girls.
As Robert Spencer has demonstrated, rape can indeed be linked to Islamic teachings of Jihad, and even to the example of Muhammad himself, his Sunna. Above all, it is connected to Islamic notions of the role of women in society, and their behaviour in the public sphere. An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are “asking for rape“. "

"Swedish laws prohibiting “hate speech” against racial minorities have been vigorously enforced. There have, for example, been a number of gang-rapes of Swedish women by Muslim immigrants. But Swedes must be careful what they say about them. On May 25, Bjorn Bjorkqvist was convicted and sentenced to two months in prison for writing, “I don’t think I am alone in feeling sick when reading about how Swedish girls are raped by immigrant hordes". ”

Happy to post lots more...do you read Swedish, Danish or Norwegian at all? That would be easier...

5:11PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

@Tana Williams
I DO read other news, not just blogs. I will grant you this might be hard for you to find if you only read English, but here's a few items:

from Aftenposten (Norway):
"Two out of three charged with rape in Norway's capital are immigrants with a non-western background according to a police study. The number of rape cases is also rising steadily.
Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen of Oslo's Vice, Robbery and Violent crime division says the statistics are surprising - the rising number of rape cases and the link to ethnic background are both clear trends. But Larsen does not want to speculate on the reasons behind the worrying developments.While 65 percent of those charged with rape are classed as coming from a non-western background, this segment makes up only 14.3 percent of Oslo's population. Norwegian women were the victims in 80 percent of the cases, with 20 percent being women of foreign background."

9:08AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

THE REAL POWER WAS IN THE ONES WHO RESCUED/ PROTECTED HER!!!

7:35AM PST on Feb 20, 2011

Yeah, rape has always been simply taken as a "natural" consequence of cultural issues... LET´S THINK A LITTLE ABOUT what a consequence it'll be when it comes to real judgement, beyond human law, of course it'll be.

5:03PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Cindy, what, you still hate your your "Arab" boyfriend for dumping you. Funny, I actually lived in Algiers for quite a long time (my mother married an Algerian) and I found all the Muslim men I met were quite respectful and far from angry maniacs
Monica, do YOU actually read non foreign papers or just the blog writing of someone with an agenda? I just spent the last 30 minutes trying to find FACTUAL reports from known objective media and can find nothing anywhere, only a lot of innuendo from suspect people.

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