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A wide range of stakeholders has a role in preventing sexual violence. Seek out a diverse pool of sources, including law enforcement, community members, medical and mental health professionals, sexual violence prevention advocates, other survivors, families, and perpetrators. Expanding sources is important given most sexual violence incidents are never reported to the police.
Thanks to #MeToo, more Americans than ever are aware that sexual violence is a broad term that encompasses more than intercourse without consent. In addition to featuring stories on workplace sexual harassment, explore stories involving all forms of sexual assault, including physically threatening or otherwise inappropriate verbal remarks, voyeurism, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking.
Address diversity by including the range of people who are assaulted, who commit sexual violence, or who are otherwise affected by sexual violence. For example, think about survivors across the lifespan, survivors of color, male survivors, LGBTQ survivors, and other underrepresented voices
Writing about solutions, especially prevention strategies, can help shift perceptions of sexual violence from risky, random inevitabilities to a focus on rates, prevention, and causes of violence.
Ask questions such as: How is the community working to prevent violence? Is it effective? What do stakeholders think should be done? What would make those strategies work? Provide references to concrete and context-specific examples of programs, policies, and other measures.
Discuss the consequences of sexual assault on victims, families, perpetrators, and communities. Help the audience see beyond criminal justice and understand that sexual violence is also a public health and social justice issue.
Highlight resilience and healing among survivors to avoid perpetuating the myth that sexual violence irrevocably ruins the lives of those who experience it.
Provide readers with a call to action and resources to seek more information, such as hotlines, warning signs, and support groups.