Women in network news across the country are rallying around Lara Logan, the CBS News correspondent who was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted while on assignment in Cairo last week. Insiders tell us that Logan's fellow newswomen are busy sending her personal letters of support today — and you can, too. Write to our editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, at email@example.com, and she'll make sure your letters get to Logan.
Logan, the chief foreign correspondent for CBS, was in Cairo's Tahrir Square last Friday — the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down — when she was separated from her crew in a swirling mob. According to a statement released by CBS yesterday, "She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers." She returned to the U.S. the next morning and is now recuperating.
The news of the attack has stirred up a storm in media circles. Some critics say CBS should have released the news of Logan's assault sooner, instead of waiting several days. Others applaud the decision to release the news of the assault at all, as female correspondents often don't report attacks. Meanwhile, one journalist, a fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, has resigned after sending several controversial Twitter posts about Logan as the news broke.
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Abigail Pesta is an award-winning investigative journalist who writes for major publications around the world. She is the author of The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down.
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