The Media and Rape
"The news media provide a necessary and invaluable public service, but their work can often result in the painful revictimization of victims. This 26-minute video (NCJ 178239) explores how the news media tend to cover crime and victimization, what can be done to help victims effectively deal with sometimes insensitive coverage, and how victim service providers can work together with members of the media to promote timely, sensitive media coverage."
Victims and the Media*
"The goal of this handbook is for reporters to see a murder or other crime involving intimate partners through the lens of domestic violence...Reporters can make a difference in the lives of victims by lifting the veil of silence that allows domestic violence to go unchecked to the point of murder."
"Media have tremendous power in setting cultural guidelines and in shaping political discourse. It is essential that news media—along with other institutions—are challenged to be fair and accurate."
Covering Violence A Guide to Ethical Reporting About Victims & Trauma second edition by Roger Simpson and William Coté more
"Covering Violence is an invaluable resource for use in newsrooms and in journalism classes throughout the country. The real-life examples and eyewitness accounts from media professionals greatly strengthen this second edition. The practical 'how to' approach on such issues as crossing cultural borders and doing sensitive interviews continues to be the backbone of this pioneering work."
Resources for the media:
RAINN is the main source of research on sexual assault. There are some services that do fee based research on request. One of these is CAVNET. Some libraries will also do fee based research. Other organizations such as The FEAR Project and educational speakers will give presentations on sexual assault issues.
Simpson, Roger (2006). Covering violence : a guide to ethical reporting about victims and trauma / Roger Simpson and William Cote´, New York : Columbia University Press.
PN4784.D57 C68 2006
Cuklanz, Lisa M. (1995). Rape on trial : how the mass media construct legal reform and social change, Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press.
P 96 .R35 C85 1995
Horvath, M. (2004). Sex Crime and the Media. Psychology, Crime & Law, 10 (4) pp. 465-466.
Clark, C. S. (1995, November 17). Sex, violence and the media. CQ Researcher, 5, 1017-1040. Retrieved February 1, 2007, from CQ Researcher Online, http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre1995111700.
Date rape backlash [videorecording] : the media and the denial of rape
Made in 1994 by The Media Education Foundation & FAIR.
Video HV6561 .D37 1994
Quotes from authoritative resources
"In real life, however, rape victims are brutalized, ignored, harassed by the system that is designed to help them. They are traumatized stigmatized or shamed for life if they are not killed during the attack." p. 262
Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.
"Psychological trauma and humiliation overwhelm many victims... trying, alone, to regain their sense of personal integrity that was destroyed by the intrusion of rape." p. 211
DiCanio, Margaret. (1993). The encyclopedia of violence : origins, attitudes, consequences. New York : Facts on File
"Both sexist stereotypes and common law conspired to make rape a criminal proceeding on which the victim and her behavior were tried rather than the defendant." p. 465, Rape / Sexual Assault
Howard, Angela & Kavenik Francis. (2000). Handbook of American Women's History. CA: Sage Publications Inc.
"Prior history of sexual violence. Women who are raped before the age of 18 are twice as likely to be raped as adults, compared to those without a history of sexual abuse (Tjaden and Thoennes 2000)" Center for Disease Control
"The 1970s marked the beginning of the rape reform movement, an era in which feminists partnered with law enforcement to secure the passage of numerous federal and state laws that broadened the definition of rape and altered rape trial procedures."
Sable, M. & Danis, F. (2006). Barriers to reporting sexual assault for women and men: perspectives of college students. Journal of American College Health, 55 (3): 157.
"Rape is one of the nation's most under reported crimes...The actual number committed may be 2 or more times the number reported."
"Many victims do not report the crime to police because of shame or fear. Some victims dread the possible humiliation of media publicity or being asked embarrassing questions by police."
"Only about 2 percent of all rapists are convicted and imprisoned and, on average, convicted rapists serve only one half of their original sentence... the low conviction rate is due to the difficulty of proving rape under most state laws."
Macdonalds, J. (2007). Rape. In The World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.
"Research suggests that two of three individuals who are sexually victimized will be revictimized. The occurrence of child- hood sexual abuse and its severity are the best documented and researched predictors of sexual revictimization. Multiple traumas, especially childhood physical abuse, and recency of sexual victimization are also associated with higher risk."
Classen, Catherine C.; Palesh, Oxana Gronskaya; Aggarwal, Rashi (2005). SEXUAL REVICTIMIZATION: A Review of the Empirical Literature. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, Apr2005, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p103-129, 27p link
"It's as if a deep wound, long buried, has been laid open."
Kalven, J. (1999). Working with available light : a family's world after violence. New York : W. W. Norton.
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