Lara Logan: a brave voice for victims of Sexual Assault. {Warning: heartrending}

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 2, 2011
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Lara Logan on 60 Minutes, tells her sexual assault in Tahrir Square. Click here for background.

This is graphic. Not for children.

I’m crying, having just read the transcript. Not sure I can watch the video. I’m pretty “emotionally repressed,” as I like to joke, and reading this was worse than watching a horror movie, physically, because of course it’s true, and she’s so open and strong and a mother and a human being.

She’s telling this story just once.

She’s speaking out, she tells us, to add her voice to those who confront sexual violence; to break what she calls the “code of silence.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “Lara Logan: a brave voice for victims of Sexual Assault. {Warning: heartrending}”

  1. Comment says:

    Knowing that others have experienced the same can be so healing–and particularly seeing someone face the horror with such strength… Very brave.

  2. video? says:

    Where's the video? Not working.

  3. anna says:

    im deeply grateful impressed and pleased into my bones to see this kind of courage. Sharing is healing. For a long time I have felt I was done with my own story of being raped, cause i also did speak out about it and so on, but this brings out another level of healing when hearing this empowering sharing. this voice gives back dignity to thousands of thousands of vomen who carry their stories and gulit and blame and shame alone. And for women in Cairo, i used to live there a few years ago, there are so many women from all kinds of backgrounds carrying stories and i hope that they will be able to speak up and share and reclaim integrity in a totally new way now when the regime is changing after the revolution. And Laras words is step to reclaiming that essential voice for integrity. Words are powerful and telling our stories is not only encouraging others process of empowerment, it is essential for healing all of us, cause we are suffering together and healing together, this is something that we share no matter where we come from. Grateful.

  4. Mat Hill says:

    Haven’t seen this yet, as it will probably make me very angry. As it’s not something I need to reconfirm my humanity or moral standpoints in any way I’m not sure I’m going to, unless as an exercise in visualising how I would deal with such people: a pessimistic and very dark exercise in itself as it would acknowledge that we are never very far from animalistic behaviour.

    I will say, though, that reading the comments of people brought up in western society (mostly but not exclusively America) on an article on Logan in the ever-so-enlightened Guardian it chilled me to the core how many people said she deserved it on some way for not extricating herself from the situation beforehand.

    We still have a long way to go. Will watching this vid help me respond to such commenters?

  5. YochanBerkowitz says:

    I saw the interview she is really remarkable considering what she went through. Thank you, Lara Logan for being a leader in smashing the silence. –Yochanan Berkowitz

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