Tips & Tools

Sexual Violence

Rape is violence, not "sex." Reporting on sexual assault means finding not only the language but the context and sensitivity to communicate a trauma that is at once deeply personal and yet a matter of public policy; immediate and yet freighted with centuries of stigma, silence and suppression. Reporting on sexual violence requires special ethical sensitivity, interviewing skills, and knowledge about victims, perpetrators, law and psychology.

Dart Resources

  • Tip Sheet

    Reporting on Sexual Violence

    Quick tips on covering sexual violence, from preparation to writing the story.

  • Tip Sheet

    Reinvestigating Rape: Tips

    In this tip sheet, Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter and 2008 Dart Award Winner Rachel Dissell offers advice for reporters on understanding forensic testing, crime laws, and how sexual violence can impact survivors and their communities. For the full report, click here. And click here for the Plain Dealer's Reinvestigating Rape project, reported by Dissell and her her colleague Leila Atassi.

     

  • In Depth

    Reinvestigating Rape: Old Evidence, New Answers

    A growing number of communities across the country are wrestling with how to deal with rape kit backlogs. In this in-depth report, Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter and 2008 Dart Award Winner Rachel Dissell answers common questions about rape kit testing, and provides useful links, resources and questions that reporters can pose to authorities following the reopening of thousands of sexual assault cases nationwide. Click here for quick tips, and click here for the Plain Dealer's Reinvestigating Rape project, reported by Dissell and her colleague Leila Atassi.

  • Announcement

    New Resources for Journalism Educators

    To assist journalism educators and college media advisors in training the next generation of journalists, the Dart Center is pleased to announce a new compendium of resources developed in collaboration with Dart Academic Fellow and San Diego State Associate Professor of Journalism, Amy Schmitz Weiss.

  • Tip Sheet

    Covering Campus Rape and Sexual Assault

    A Dart Center Tip Sheet for College Media Advisors, Editors and Student Journalists.

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Outside Resources

  • Reporting On Rape and Sexual Violence

    Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women

    The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women saw a need to create a Media Toolkit that addresses common issues stemming from how media currently structures news around rape and sexual violence, and how journalists can better report on these issues.

  • Futures Without Violence: Domestic, Dating and Sexual Violence

    http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/content/action_center/detail/754

  • A Frustrating Search for Justice

    Center for Public Integrity

    An investigation of the institutional barriers to justice for victims of sexual assault on college campuses.

  • Child Sexual Abuse

    National Center for PTSD

    A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet. It details the effects of sexual abuse on children, and adults exposed to sexual abuse as children.

  • Men and Sexual Trauma

    National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    A fact sheet defining sexual assault among males and giving an overview of its immediate and long-term effects.

  • Sexual Assault Against Females

    National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    A fact sheet defining sexual assault among females and giving an overview of its immediate and long-term effects.

  • Sexual Assault FAQs

    WomensHealth.Gov

    Answers to frequently asked questions about sexual assault from the United States federal government source for women's health information.

  • Cardinal Law

    Boston Phoenix

    Complete coverage of the 2002 Catholic Church priest sexual abuse scandal.

  • Telling the Truth About Rape

    Poynter Online

    A series of essays by journalists exploring the coverage of sexual assault.

  • Covering Tragedy

    ABC Radio

    2007 Ochberg Fellow Lisa Millar talks about trauma journalism on the National Media Report.