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; accountability and treatment for those who abuse others; and can strengthen the prevention strategies of organizations and communities. This fact sheet discusses crime reports made on sexual violence.
This fact sheet is a part of our full Media Packet which offers 6 resources answering common questions about sexual violence.
This update to the original 2008 National Plan provides practical steps that individuals, organizations, businesses and policymakers can implement to promote positive youth development and prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation.
This online resource collection offers information on the intersections of sexual violence and eating disorders. Recent research and practice efforts have shown links between sexual victimization during childhood or adolescence and developing an eating disorder. To provide more informed services, people working in anti-violence movements can review the resources in this online resource collection on sexual violence, trauma, and eating disorders.
This glossary is presented to assist advocates in understanding commonly used terms when reading, understanding and evaluating research. This glossary drew from several sources, which are listed at the end of this document. These resources can be helpful to advocates who wish to learn more about understanding and evaluating research.
This article is the English translation of an article written by Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez for The Resource. Over the past several years, there has been much talk about leadership among Latin@s in the sexual violence prevention movement. In a critical conversation conducted at the 2011 National Sexual Assault Conference in Baltimore, participants were asked to describe characteristics of a Latin@ leader. This article captures that conversation. In Spanish.
The 2012 Spring/Summer edition of The Resource is completely redesigned and contains articles about Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky case, preventing child sexual abuse, viewpoints on SlutWalks, healthy sexuality campaigns, media reports of sexual violence, report on prostitution and trafficking of Native Women, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the upcoming National Sexual Assault Conference in Chicago. This issue also includes an article written by Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez about leadership among Latin@s in the sexual violence prevention movement in Spanish. Read the English translation.
La violencia sexual afecta a las mujeres, los hombres y los niñ@s durante toda su vida, y puede ser devastadora para los individuos, familias y comunidades. Sin embargo existen recursos para ayudarle. Esta hoja informativa de dos páginas provee definiciones y información sobre la violencia sexual. En inglés.
This sample Letter to the Editor provides a template for a healthy sexuality themed letter for local or campus media outlets. This letter can be customized or used generically as a media advocacy tool during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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