Editor Who Blamed Lara Logan for Her Gang Rape Must Go!
  • Petitioned Wilbur Bourne Ruthrauff

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Board of Directors, Broad Street Review
Wilbur Bourne Ruthrauff
Editor, Broad Street Review
Dan Rottenberg
Associate Editor, Broad Street Review
Madeline Schaefer
Board of Directors, Broad Street Review
Gresham Riley

Editor Who Blamed Lara Logan for Her Gang Rape Must Go!

    1. Petition by

      Women's Media Center

Remember Lara Logan, the CBS reporter who was separated from her crew while covering the revolution in Egypt and brutally raped by a mob of men? When she spoke publicly about her attack, she bravely broke a longstanding silence on the part of female reporters assaulted on the job. 

But Dan Rottenberg, editor of the online arts magazine Broad Street Review, doesn't have any sympathy for Logan or outrage on her behalf. Instead, Rottenberg says Lara Logan is to blame for her gang rape because she once showed cleavage at a US award show. 

Rottenberg's editor's letter, published on June 6th, is titled 'Male Sexual Abuse and Female Naivete,' six words that from the get-go suggest if women were to act more responsibly, men wouldn't commit "sex abuse," i.e rape. The letter is accompanied by a photo of Logan (above) on the red carpet, wearing a v-line neck dress and smiling for the cameras. The caption under the photo reads, "What message was the TV journalist Lara Logan sending here?"

Rottenberg goes on, "Earth to liberated women: when you display legs, thighs, or cleavage, some liberated men will see it as a sign you feel good about yourself and your sexuality. But most men will see it as a sign you want to get laid. Forewarned is forearmed."

Rape is not "getting laid" and no one ever, ever does or wears anything that "asks" to be raped. To suggest that Lara Logan's choice to wear a dress perfectly appropriate for a US awards show sent a message to Egyptian men that she wanted to be raped while doing her job as a foreign correspondent takes rape apologism to new heights. 

Rottenberg ends his column by blaming a neighbor for her attempted rape and the molestation of her daughter because she cleaned her house in a halter top and shorts. 

There is nothing redeemable about anything Rottenberg said; he makes excuses and blames the victim multiple times in multiple situations. He has far overstepped the bounds of an editor of a culture magazine and appointed himself arbiter of which rapes are a victim's fault and which are not. This is unacceptable.

We call on the Publisher and Board of Directors of Broad Street Review to take Mr. Rottenberg's offensive piece off the site and remove him from his position as editor. 

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    • s m BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      This man is a danger to society and is essentially encouraging young men reading his columns that if a woman shows a bit of skin then rape is acceptable..which it is not and the law supports the fact it is not.

      Though I'm pretty sure there is no set laws against advocating sexual assault (I know how crazy right!), it is clear that he is being discriminatory towards women specifically because of their gender and physical attributes and implying that once they dress a certain way whether they wish it or not they are actively being sexual.

      Which is ridiculous...if you dressed a chair, a dog or a 5 year old in makeup, high heels and suspenders would it make it sexual or give a right to violate it? No. Then what is the difference when it comes to women?

      ..there isn't one.

      It's a lame excuse for men to have poor morals, flimsy respect for the law and women's rights and responsibility for their own actions...which makes them a sorry excuse for a man.

      Who is this chump anyways? I've never even heard of him.

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    • michael bruhn NYACK, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Mr Rottenberg is an absolute disgrace to humanity! I am disgusted that I actually have to take action agaisnt so one like this. He should be fired on the spot

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    • Jennifer Norris RUMFORD, ME
      • about 3 years ago

      This is ridiculous. How could anyone blame this woman or any other woman for that matter for getting raped. This editor has serious mental health and power and control issues if he thinks it is actually Lara Logan's fault! Seriously? Unbelievable.

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    • Sandra Novotny RIMROCK, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      What a sick pervert to be making such disgusting, not to mention inaccurate, comments. What a woman does or does not show in a public venue has no bearing on what you can or can not do to her. Even being NAKED isn't a go-ahead for sex, so how is showing a little cleavage? I'd hate to be you when your karma kicks in...

      And a little FYI, even if (as you claim) the majority of men will see it as a sign that a woman wants to get laid just because her skin is showing (I seriously doubt "most" men are this deranged) how is this the woman's responsibility? If a man makes an incorrect assumption, that is no ones fault but his own. Be a "man" and take some f-ing responsibility!

      If this magazine, Broad Street Review, did not immediately rid themselves of this abusive "editor" then they aren't much better than he is. Comments like the ones he made aren't the kind you get warnings for, they are the kind you get blacklisted for.

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    • Janice Thorpe SALEM, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      His name is aprapeau.

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