10 Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing a Survivor of Sexual Assault

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Annie E. Clark of IX Network writes her open letter to the media:

“First piece of advice: If you want to report on human-interest stories, at least treat your sources like humans.”

See Safety and Sensitivity for Interviews with Survivors for practical suggestions and guidelines to follow when talking with a survivor of abuse, particularly in an interview format. “This guide is for human rights activists, advocates, citizen journalists, citizen filmmakers and others who are filming and conducting interviews with survivors of gender-based violence for human rights documentation and advocacy.”

You can read the Guidelines for Journalists on Violence Against Women here.

Women Under Siege also provides Tips for Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

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2 thoughts on “10 Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing a Survivor of Sexual Assault

  1. Question: I noticed citizen journalist and citizen filmmakers. I don’t have the equipment, but some time ago it would have been a good segment to add when I stopped into a state police post to mention what my late wife had mentioned being sexually abused and the police involved. What were the first words out of a police officers mouth? “Probably Coerced” What the ____? I’m trying to report a rape and abuse crime, and identify the people involved, and shit of the earth just aided a criminal. Back to the question: How do I rip this shit cops career from his life?

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