The LA Weekly's blogger Simone Wilson took some derision a month ago after she converted CBS' announcement that Egypt reporter Lara Logan had been "sexually assaulted" to Logan was "raped." A Salon writer singled out Wilson's "stunningly offensive blog post" for dwelling on Logan's looks and personal style "before getting to the assault itself." In her post today, Wilson only concedes — reluctantly — that the term rape was unjustified.
The CBS release said Logan had suffered a "brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating."
But did the attack constitute rape? The legal definition of rape is penetration with any object, to any extent -- the most extreme form of sexual assault. Experts on legal language have since informed us that CBS' description of the incident implies repeated rape, but the Weekly has not been able to determine what occurred. CBS declines all further comment.
Therefore, we conclude that we erroneously interpreted CBS' report of what happened to Logan on February 11, 2011.
* Update: The Weekly's correction follows a post at PBS MediaShift on March 11 asking Why Hasn't LA Weekly Corrected its Lara Logan Story?