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Offer: Free Course at NewsU/Poynter: Reporting on Sexual Violence

Crimes of sexual violence are among the most underreported crimes in our society. Compounding the problem is that media coverage of these crimes often perpetuates stereotypes and cultural myths, rather than providing context and increasing understanding or awareness of sexual violence.

One in five people will experience sexual violence; reporters cannot avoid this complex and challenging topic. But covering sexual violence requires context — an understanding of who perpetrates these crimes, who is affected, and how sexual violence can be prevented. It also requires sensitivity, compassion and professionalism, both in interviewing survivors and in choosing the words to honestly and clearly describe these crimes.

This self-directed course provides necessary context to understanding crimes of sexual violence that target individuals of all ages and backgrounds. It dispels the many myths surrounding sexually violent crimes and suggests strategies for telling the truth about sexual violence through accurate language, reporting, headlines and photos.

Compassionate-but-thorough coverage requires a wealth of background information as well as credible sources, so a rich resources section provides statistics, links to research and databases, and additional resources to facilitate reporting on sexual violence.

This course bridges the gaps in many reporters' understanding of sexual violence, for example explaining the differences between prevention and risk reduction and explaining different types of sexual violence. It offers guidelines for interviewing survivors of sexual violence in a professional, compassionate manner and explains the roles played by video, audio and photographs in telling their stories.


Jennifer Brier's picture

Great resource!

Wow-What a great resource! Thank you for posting this!

Be Well,


"I am a woman, that's my weapon!" ~Catherine Robbins

Deqa's picture

Useful resource indeed

I do plan on reporting on sexual violence that occurs in my community. Every time a woman leaves her home she is in danger of sexual harassment whether its verbal or even physical. I am unable to walk out in the night unless a male figure is accompanying me so I am forced to call my cousins to escort me if I need anything from outside at night. I want to report on these issues to shed a light to them in order for a solution to prevail.
Thank you my dear for sharing this awesome chance to learn.

Mauwa Brigitte's picture


Thank you, to fight against all acts of sexual violence against women and girls, children are punished by law.


Monica09's picture

Thank you!

Thank you so much for posting this!

I have covered sexual violence in the past, and aim to continue covering this issue. I am hopeful that this course will help me to better report these crimes.


pelamutunzi's picture


thank you for sharing will follow up. we need this course to empower us

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.

Leigh Cuen's picture

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Thank you for posting this great resource!

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