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18 February 2011

Sexual assault victim has “form for dressing provocatively”, says Daily Mail

The British newspaper's take on the sustained sexual assault of CBS reporter, Lara Logan.

By Duncan Robinson

Amid the hysteria at Tahrir Square in Cairo earlier this week, reports emerged that the CBS reporter Lara Logan was subjected to “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating”.

What was the Daily Mail‘s diary column’s take on this event?

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“Nothing excuses the Cairo sexual assault on CBS TV reporter Lara Logan, 39, but” – and you knew there would be a but – “she does have ‘form’ for dressing provocatively in inappropriate locations.”

Wow.

According to the column, Logan was rebuked in 2002 by British military officers in Afghanistan for “flashing her cleavage”, which explains why she was sexually assaulted nine years later. Doesn’t it?