Reporters aren’t the only victims of sexual assault

As a Fox News Channel contributor, I often find myself in heated debates with our country’s best television hosts, analysts and experts. I am always honored to have a platform to respectfully disagree with my conservative opponents.

But last week’s discussions about CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, who was beaten and sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square by a large mob, bothered me more than usual. Both FNC hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly decided to spin the story into . . . well . . . nonsensical gibberish.

Ms. Logan’s attack can be analyzed from many perspectives; however, at its core, the attack is about protecting American women from sexual assault, be it in Egypt or on American soil.

The same day the story of Ms. Logan’s sexual assault broke, Tuesday, February 15th, a lawsuit was filed against Defense Secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates by members of our military for damages they’ve suffered as a result of sexual abuse while serving our country.

But there was no time for a discussion about the lawsuit.

Baseless speculation

Instead, Michelle Malkin, a woman for whom I have immense respect, appeared on “Hannity” to eloquently weave Ms. Logan’s senseless attack into an attack on the mainstream media and liberals.

I think if CBS News and the rest of the mainstream media want to do right by her and right by all the other journalists who were attacked last week and over the course of the last two weeks, what they will do is finally find some spine and refuse to whitewash the truth about who these assailants were, what they were motivated by. It is always interesting, of course, Sean, when many of the same people who are always talking about root causes of this, root cause of that, if it scores political points against conservatives, have nothing to say about the root causes of anti-Americanism in particular, in these festering places in the Middle East.

Michelle’s allegations of a spineless, whitewashing conspiracy are baseless, premature and dangerous. Ms Logan was the victim of a very serious crime while performing her job as an employee of CBS. No employer has a duty to publicly reveal private details of an ongoing criminal investigation. Furthermore, there is no evidence whatsoever that CBS or the mainstream media is intentionally covering up the facts of such a serious case.

One of the greatest features of America is our judicial system. Lady Justice is not a perfect woman; however, rest assured, Ms. Logan’s attack will be properly investigated. In fact, the Obama administration immediately requested the Egyptian authorities cooperate in a criminal investigation and preserve any evidence. (It was reported that there are cell phone videos of the attack.) White House spokesman Jay Carney stated, “We believe that we must hold accountable those responsible for committing these acts.” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Leslie Phillips said the United States will “hold accountable any person involved in the incidents of violence during the demonstrations.”

There is no place for political rhetoric and baseless accusations against the mainstream media during an ongoing criminal investigation.

We should focus on rescuers, not attackers

Interestingly, Sean pointed out Ms. Logan “was eventually rescued by a group of Egyptian women and approximately 20 Egyptian soldiers.” Read that again: Egyptian women and soldiers rescued Ms. Logan.

The people who rescued her were not anti-American. The people who attacked her may not have been anti-American either but rather anti-democracy, anti-peaceful demonstration, anti-freedom.

Furthermore, the barbaric sexual attacks were not targeted solely against Americans, but against all women. There were numerous reports of Egyptian women and other women from around the region being sexually molested as they protested for democracy, change and the end of the dictatorship.

  • Jon_Dysii

    Hi Tamara,

    I noticed in your bio, you appear to fight for the underdog. Do you think you could look into spousal support as being unconstitutional? I have to pay an alcholic ex over a thousand a month, while I continue to raise our boy. It’s brutal. I know my male gender won’t affect your looking into this, because you are truly fair and unbiased. Thanks.

  • toomuchinfo

    Here you go, Tamara, I found some American violence against a female reporter. Give it to ’em, just like you blast our military. We’ll be waiting.


  • WillOb1


    I have to disagree with some of your presumptions about sexual assault in the military. I am an active duty Army defense attorney and I see how commands and Judge Advocates deal with sexual assault on a daily basis. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on commands from congress and from the civilian leadership to prosecute sex assaults. There are many prosecutions of Soldiers where cases should never even come close to going forward but because there is a lot of pressure to ensure that sexual assault is prosecuted Soldiers are prosecuted.

    In the military today all that needs to happen for a Soldier to be accused of sexual assault is a single report. That report will often lead to a Soldier in administrative limbo for up to a year while the case is investigated, no matter how much evidence of the “crime” there is.

    I have to doubt the number you give that 80% of individuals convicted of sexual assault are honorable discharge. That a very dubious number. I have never seen a panel convict a soldier of a sexual assault and not discharge them with either a Bad Conduct or Dishonorable Discharge.

    There is a lot of sexual assaults reported in the military but I think that has more to do with the mechanisms in the military that permit reporting. I do not think the amount of sexual assaults are statistically different than the rest of the population only the reporting and that has to do with the many different types of reporting available in the military.

    It is my personal belief that using sexual assaults and their victims is another way for those individuals who are not familiar with and denigrate the military attack the military. Sexual assault is a horrible crime but there is more to these lawsuits than these victims who allege mistreatment at the hands of their superiors.

    An open and honest discussion is needed on sexual assault in the military as opposed to using horror stories of a few alleged victims.

  • toomuchinfo

    “Huh?”, I thought, at first. Then I realized this is just, “We’re as bad as them.” Right. I wonder how many women were assaulted at Tea Party rallies this year?

    • toomuchinfo

      I also wonder how many women are serving in the Egyptian army? And how many female reporters were assaulted while covering stories anywhere in the West this year? But no, let’s go after those nefarious US servicemen. They’re animals!