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Journalist Tip Sheet

Image of the Journalist Tip SheetApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time when many journalists cover sexual violence from a variety of news angles. With the #MeToo movement shining an unprecedented spotlight on this complex societal issue, it is a critical opportunity for informed news coverage to advance the public conversation. The Journalist Tip Sheet contains best practices and story ideas for writing about sexual violence.
 

Cosby Trial 2017 - Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations

Cover image of the fact sheetIn June 2017, comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial for aggravated indecent assault of a woman in his Montgomery County home more than a decade ago. The following fact sheet provides important context on sexual violence, including victim behavior and trauma, offender dynamics, and the use of drugs and alcohol to perpetrate sexual violence, to members of the media covering the trial and other interested parties.

Prevention is Possible

This fact sheet discusses strategies individuals, communities, and businesses can use to prevent sexual violence.

The Impact of Sexual Violence

This fact sheet provides statistics about the wide-ranging impact of sexual violence on survivors, loved ones, communities, and society in general.

Five Things about Sexual Assault Kits

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This fact sheet from the National Insitute of Justice outlines what research has told us about sexual assault kits:

1. No one knows the number of kits nationwide that have not been submitted for testing.
2. Little is known about the age of unsubmitted kits.
3. Submitting a kit to a crime lab does not mean the lab will obtain usable DNA.
4. Even if the police have a suspect, testing a kit can be useful for a number of reasons.
5. The cost to test a sexual assault kit varies widely.