The Toronto-based Femifesto collective, a Toronto-based, grassroots feminist collective that works to shift rape culture to consent culture, has put together Reporting on Sexual Assault: A Toolkit for Canadian Media.
**Update – December 2, 2015** For the most recent toolkit visit femifesto’s website – femifesto.ca!
Honestly, you need to read this!
You need to read this if:
- you are a journalist who might ever cover the issue of sexual assault
- you have an interest in how sexual assault is covered in Canada
- you want to learn more about rape culture
- you want to learn more about survivors and accessible language
- you are interested in changing how the sexual assault is talked about
- you want to end sexual violence
The toolkit covers a really lot of really important information like:
- what is rape culture
- the framework of sexual assault in Canada
- what an intersectional approach to reporting on sexual assault looks like
- what is missing from Canadian sexual assault coverage
- up to date Canadian statistics
There’s a really handy checklist for folks who are reporting on sexual assault with awesome ideas like:
Does the story use language that places the accountability for rape or other forms of sexual assault with the perpetrator (i.e.“He raped her” instead of “her rape” or “she was/got raped”)?
The toolkit also has really indepth tips on interviewing survivors:
NO MEANS NO: Respect the right of survivors to choose how and when they will tell their story. Provide questions well in advance of the interview. If a survivor shares that they are uncomfortable with a question, don’t ask it or probe for more information.