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NCJ Number: 136077 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Victims and the Media
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Victims of Crime
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 57
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20036
Prince Charitable Trust
Chicago, IL
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To best represent an organization, crime victims advocates must have a good working relationship with the media.
Abstract: The relationship between media and victims' rights organizations is a 2-way street where both groups need to understand each other's goals and objectives. The media should have an understanding of victims' issues so coverage will be fair and sensitive, and the organization should learn how media functions to develop strategies for public outreach programs. Inappropriate reporting such as failing to get all of the facts and revealing graphic descriptions of a victim can cause emotional trauma for victims and survivors. This guide examines the complex issues of sexual assault coverage including consideration for an individual's privacy and reasons for reporting a victim's name. Recommendations to ensure good communication between victim advocacy organizations and journalists include implementation of a one-day media conference with co-sponsors and participants from various professions. Comprehensive guidelines are enclosed. 6 appendixes
Main Term(s): Media-crime relationships
Index Term(s): Media coverage; Sexual assault victims; Victims rights
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