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Media Packet: Campus Sexual Assault

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Sexual violence -- including rape, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment -- is a complicated topic to understand. There are many fears, myths, and stereotypes that abound. We understand that reporting on these topics is a difficult task and we appreciate the media’s commitment to doing so with integrity. As a result, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has created a packet for journalists about reporting on sexual violence.

As members of the media, journalists play a critical role in illuminating the truth for people. Well-written, fact-based stories that place a particular incident in a broader context can go a long way toward educating the public. A well-informed public can help ensure appropriate responses and services for victims, can provide accountability and treatment for those who abuse others, and can strengthen the prevention strategies of organizations and communities. This fact sheet discusses some basic information on sexual violence.

The full Media Packet includes 7 other resources:

What is Sexual Violence?

Statistics about Sexual Violence

Crime Reports of Sexual Violence

People who commit sexual violence

What is Child Sexual Abuse?

The NSVRC at a Glance

Talking with Survivors

Engaging Bystanders

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
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