Resources for covering sexual assault
An article by Frank Smyth, CPJ's senior advisor for journalist security, on the risks and rewards of covering sexual and gender based violence, as well as links to more resources for those covering sexual violence in the United States and abroad.
Following yesterday's hearings, women, including survivors of interpersonal violence, have been contacting Dart's Elana Newman, shaken to their core. Please consult our library of resources on covering sexual assault and gender violence.
In the wake of allegations that Cambodian human rights activist Somaly Mam may have fabricated parts of her own story of being sold into sex slavery, important questions are surfacing again about journalistic ethics and responsibility when dealing with victims of sexual assault.
In reporting on trauma, terminology can be a sensitive and important topic. In light of the decision by the U.S. military to lift its ban on women in combat, Helen Benedict explores the issue as it relates to sexual assault in the military.
At the 2015 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference in Philadelphia, the Dart Center sponsored the showcase panel, "Sexual Assault Investigations: Empathy, Accuracy & Transparency," featuring Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll, Bruce Shapiro, Teresa Braeckel, Elana Newman and Nicole Noren. Full panel audio is now available.