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.
Resources for Sexual Violence
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 response to the growing problem of sexual assault on college campuses, the Journalist’s Resource project based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy released a roundup of oft-overlooked research and recommendations for journalists. See the full list here.
Fiona Lloyd-Davies’s new documentary tells the extraordinary tale of a Congolese woman who has supported more than 6,000 victims of rape since she and her daughter were raped, and her husband killed, in 2000. In a Dart Centre Europe exclusive, Lloyd-Davies discusses how she prepared to report this story and the challenges she faced.
In a recent article, Ochberg Fellow Jina Moore reports on the planning for physical and psychological trauma support outreach for the kidnapped Nigerian students and their families.
This illuminating feature explores the connection between domestic violence and chronic illness, drawing on recent scientific research and interviews with medical experts and survivors of violence. Judges called it “a tremendous story on a new concept” and praised Jetter for “clearly articulating the biological ramifications of trauma.” Originally published in More Magazine in November, 2013.
Two prominent Australian journalists, Suzanne Smith and Joanne McCarthy, will not be covering the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In 2012, McCarthy wrote that child sexual abuse “is the genesis of decades of suffering, the silent wrecking ball in our community behind too many broken families, too many lost and shattered lives and too much pain."
In the wake of Australia's child sex abuse scandals, the Royal Commission will be "bearing witness on behalf of the nation" when hearings begin in September. On August 30, the Dart Centre hosted a special forum for news professionals preparing to cover the hearings and the sensitive issue of child sex abuse. (See the event lineup here.)