For the past two years, Australia's Royal Commission has been investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. Dart Centre Asia Pacific Board Chair Matthew Ricketson reflects on a public hearing he attended in Melbourne to support a friend who had been abused by a school chaplain.
Resources for Sexual Violence
Description, links and contact information for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Office For Victims of Crime and more.
More than one in three women worldwide say they have experienced physical violence in their lifetime, according to a staggering new report presented to the United Nations General Assembly last week. The report also finds that one in 10 girls under the age of 18 was forced to have sex.
An explainer on college crimes, including sexual violence, and where and how to find information, support, and help for yourself and others.
Among the many risks journalists face, they are often targets of harassment and aggression. While harassment is a concern for all journalists, female journalists in particular are more likely to be targets [Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 2011]. Despite increasing awareness of the issue, little is known about journalist-specific risk factors and consequences. Most recently updated in December 2017, this fact sheet summarizes key information about harassment of journalists. (Note: The topic of online harassment is not included in this review).
Two scholars at the UNC School of Journalism & Mass Communication's Irina Project monitor media representations of sex trafficking, and advocate for responsible and accurate reporting on what has become the world's most common form of slavery, and its fastest-growing criminal enterprise.
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.
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.