Sexual violence -- including rape, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment -- is a complicated topic to understand. There are many fears, myths and stereotypes that abound. We understand that reporting on these topics is a difficult task and we appreciate the media’s commitment to doing so with integrity. As a result, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has created a packet for journalists about reporting on sexual violence.

 

As members of the media, journalists play a critical role in illuminating the truth for people. Well-written, fact-based stories that place a particular incident in a broader context can go a long way toward educating the public. A well-informed public can help ensure appropriate responses and services for victims; accountability and treatment for those who abuse others; and can strengthen the prevention strategies of organizations and communities. This fact sheet discusses some basic information on sexual violence.

 

The full Media Packet offers six resources will answer common questions related to sexual violence.

This issue of Connections shares insight from programs that are empowering youth to become media savvy not only by giving them the tools to be critical consumers, but also by giving them a voice.

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This paper explores how youth and violence have been framed in the media, how the issue of race complicates depictions of youth and violence, and how public attitudes about government can inhibit public support for strategies to effectively prevent violence. Commissioned by UNITY/Prevention Institute and written by the Berkeley Media Studies Group, this paper makes recommendations for the next steps in reframing violence among youth.
Moving From Them to Us: Challenges in Reframing Violence Among Youth

This curriculum addresses the way multidisciplinary audiences write and talk about sexual violence. It provides training on how word choice can make perpetrators seem invisible or minimize the harm caused to the victims.

This online collection of research, resources, training and recommended experts are provided as part of a Specialized Reporting Institute, "Covering Child Sex Abuse," hosted at The Poynter Institute on July 9-10, 2012. The SRI was funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Please also see the NSVRC information packet for journalists about reporting on sexual violence.

The 2012 Spring/Summer edition of The Resource is completely redesigned and contains articles about Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky case, preventing child sexual abuse, viewpoints on SlutWalks, healthy sexuality campaigns, media reports of sexual violence, report on prostitution and trafficking of Native Women, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the upcoming National Sexual Assault Conference in Chicago.  This issue also includes an article written by Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez about leadership among Latin@s in the sexual violence prevention movement in Spanish.  Read the English translation.  

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