By now, just about all of America has heard the story of how Lara Logan, the chief foreign correspondent for CBS News, was separated from her crew while covering the situation in Egypt. She suffered a brutal physical and sexual assault, before being rescued by a group of heroic women and 20 soldiers.
Like vicious dogs, people are clamoring for assault details. But in the meantime, there are so many other aspects of the story currently being tossed around among the public: Was she a bad mom to do her job? Was she asking for attention and ratings for CBS by covering the story in Cairo? What does this attack say about sexual violence in our culture vs. Egypt's?
But days, weeks, and months from now, much of what is being said now will seem like mindless chatter. Kind of makes me think about the earthquake in Haiti last year ...
Everyone had an opinion and it was all over the news, but after a couple of months, the media and Americans had, for the most part, moved on to the next big thing. But Lara Logan, who is the victim here, isn't going to be able to move on as easily.
Logan has recovered to the point that she was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is now at home with her children. Sources say she has been in remarkably good spirits, all things considered, according to The Daily Beast.
Nonetheless, I'm sure doctors and psychologists would have a thing or two to say about the best ways for her to heal fully ... and swiftly. For example, should she go back on camera ASAP? If she can handle it emotionally, it could be incredibly empowering. The move itself would certainly be like saying, "In your face!" to her attackers and any ignorant talking heads (like Nir Rosen) who have come out of the woodwork to criticize her or blame her in the last couple of days.
As for the long-term emotional healing ... well, self-care is imperative for survivors to curb that increased risk of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. It may not be wise to throw herself 100+ percent back into her work. Even if she does, she'll need time for herself. Experts at RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) say survivors should prioritize leisure time just as much as work. Finding time to do activities she loves and taking care of herself physically (like eating well, exercising) and emotionally (meditating, journaling, etc.) will be valuable ways Logan can cope.
As time wears on, I have no doubts someone as brave and strong and bold as Lara Logan will be able to bounce back. If we're going to keep hearing this story for several days and/or weeks, Logan's healing details -- whether those involve work, a time-out, or both -- should really be the lead.
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