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.