We're please to share a terrific new resource from our colleagues at WITNESS on interviewing survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, created in consultation with Dart Center Research Director, Elana Newman.
Resources for Sexual Violence
The Guide to Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence was created by our colleagues at WITNESS in consultation with Dart Center Research Director, Elana Newman. The guide covers planning, conducting and distributing interviews, keeping in mind the perspectives and needs of the interviewee, interviewer and audiences.
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. Journalists, too, will be called upon to inform the public, and to report on the sensitive proceedings. The Dart Centre has convened a special forum for news professionals preparing to cover the hearings, which took place in Sydney on August 30. Among the speakers were the Honourable Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission. Click here for the full schedule.
In Sydney, Australia, a day of expert panels and journalist-to-journalist workshops aimed at promoting informed, accurate and ethical reporting on issues surrounding the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.The Honourable Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission, addressed this forum on August 30. Read the event report here.
Frank Ochberg, MD, chairman emeritus of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, served as expert witness for the prosecution in the trial of Ariel Castro for holding captive Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight for nearly a decade. In advance of the sentencing, Ochberg wrote prosecutors his assessment of the impact of Castro's acts on the three women, explaining the dynamics of victimization, trauma and endurance.
Last week at Women's eNews headquarters, guest speaker Claudia Garcia-Rojas shared best practices in reporting on rape and sexual violence, including how to use language and framing respectfully during an interview, how to make sources comfortable and how to use statistics effectively in reporting.
At this year's PRNDI conference, the Dart Center's Bruce Shapiro was joined by 2010 Ochberg Fellow Russel Lewis, Rachel Dissell and Naomi Starobin on a panel and live radio show about covering crisis and tragedy.
Dart's Elana Newman spoke on a panel at the United Nations on the Safety of Women Journalists, as sexual assualts against women continue to gain attention.
Senate committee hears disturbing testimony from military women who were victims of rape by other military service members.
More than 85,000 signatures were delivered to the Ohio Attorney General calling for another arrest in the Steubenville rape case, which is set to open next week at the Jefferson County Courthouse despite defense motions to relocate due to fears of protest and intimidation.