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Reporting Do's and Don'ts for Journalists



 Be exact when describing the abuse

(call a rape a rape)

Use ambiguous or minimizing language 

(e.g. "sexual relationship with a child"
or "affair with a minor," etc).

Source experts in the field, such as child advocates, lawyers, and psychologists

Blame the victim. It is NOT his or her fault. The abuser is solely responsible
for this crime.

 Use terms like "victim" and "survivor"

 Refer to victims as "alleged accusers."
They are not "alleged."

Hold institutions accountable

 Refer to abuse as an "affair" or
"sex scandal,"
or in any way imply consent.

Report on relevance of CSA in society;
look beyond the story as it unfolds in the criminal justice system.

Assume the victim is alone; often it takes
one person coming forward for others to share like experiences.

 Include information about the social
 and cultural impact of CSA cases.

 Downplay the severity of this crime,
the long-term effects of which
can be devastating.