Reporting on sexual assault

Media backgrounder – February 2012

Further resources

The key code of ethics for Australian media - the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance code of ethics - does not refer specifically to reporting on sexual assault. However, it does place emphasis on accurate, honest, fair and balanced reporting.

In relation to sexual assault, accurate reporting should consider:

  • the facts of an individual case or event - such as the identity of a perpetrator, or the location and date of an offence; and
  • information that reflects the circumstances and contexts in which sexual assault occurs.

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