Reporting on sexual assault
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.
Useful resources and webpages
- The EVAs media awards
This site provides examples of best practice for reporting on violence against women. The EVAs website also includes responsible reporting guidelines for violence against women.
- Family violence in the news: A Media Toolkit (PDF 1.3 MB)
- NSW Victims Services - Department of Attorney General and Justice: Guide for victims of crime dealing with the media
- Just Representation? Press Reporting and the Reality of Rape
A report by eaves4women.co.uk
- The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: A Resource for Journalists who cover violence
The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to meet the challenge of informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
- VicHealth Fact sheet: Victorian print media coverage of violence against women
- National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children