Framing the Issue

     Over the decades, much has been said, written, and imagined in popular culture about sexual violence. Unfortunately, most of it is factually inaccurate, damaging to survivors, and does not serve anyone's interests in terms of protecting themselves from sexual violence.
     Yet, these misunderstandings persist in how people and the media talk about about sexual violence. The challenge is to find ways to communicate clearly and effectively with messages of social and environmental change that move past the misinformation.

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  • Covering Sexual Assault  This one-hour free webinar explains how journalists should best investigate and report sexual assault stories. http://www.newsu.org/courses/covering-sexual-assault
  • Start by Believing  This is a public awareness campaign designed to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities. When someone comes to you . . . what will your reaction be? http://www.startbybelieving.org/Default.aspx
  • American Perceptions of Sexual Violence: A FrameWorks Research Report  Public perceptions of sexual violence The report and flash presentation offered below examine both the expert discourse on sexual violence and how Americans talk and think about the topic. http://frameworksinstitute.org/sexualviolence.html
  • Media campaign: Drinking is not a crime . . . rape is.  From Scotland, this joint initiative aims to promote the clear message that sex without consent is rape, no matter what the circumstances. http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/news/drinking-is-not-a-crime-rape-is/
  • Where Do You Stand?  Men Can Stop Rape reveals a new bystander intervention campaign for college men, seeing men as vital allies in preventing sexism and sexual assault. http://www.mencanstoprape.org/Strength-Media-Portfolio/
  • Harvard University Panel on Sexual Assault on College Campuses  This forum, moderated by Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor for the Office on Violence Against Women, examined the prevalence, nature, and reporting of various types of sexual assault experienced by university students, including those perpetrated by "undetected" rapists, and discussed evidence-based prevention strategies. http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/xchat-transcript.html?chid=281
  • Yes means Yes!  Through this blog and anthology, we try to move beyond 'no means no' to connect the dots on some of the ways rape is allowed and encouraged to function. http://yesmeansyesblog.wordpress.com/
  • This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me  Rape Crisis Scotland confronts rape myths in a very direct way, and invites members of the public to join us in putting an end to blaming women for rape. http://www.thisisnotaninvitationtorapeme.co.uk/the-campaign/
  • The Consensual Project  Brings students a fresh understanding of consent. The innovative curriculum, workshops, and website empower young people to incorporate consent into their daily lives. http://www.theconsensualproject.com/
  • Framing 101  From the Berkeley Studies Media Group, frames matter because they can foster certain understandings and hinder others. Effectively communicating a message is a delicate balancing act. http://www.bmsg.org/resources/framing-101
  • Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)  SAFER empowers students to hold their universities accountable for having strong campus sexual assault policies and programming. Join to access resources. http://safercampus.org/home
  • Understanding Sexual Violence Fact Sheet  A 2 page fact sheet about sexual violence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (PDF: 203KB, 2 pages) http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/SV_Factsheet-a.pdf
  • The Spectrum of Prevention  The Spectrum of Prevention helps expand prevention efforts beyond education models by promoting a multifaceted range of activities for effective prevention. Includes: Influencing Policy and Legislation,, Changing Organizational Practices, Fostering Coalitions and Networks, Educating Providers, Promoting Community Education, and Strengthening Individual Knowledge and Skills. http://www.preventioninstitute.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=105&Itemid=127

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