GBV In Media and FII Releases a Toolkit For 'How To Report Rape In India'

The toolkit was launched at Mumbai's Press Club and is all set to launch in other cities across the country.

GBV In Media and FII Releases a Toolkit For 'How To Report Rape In India'

In a recent event that was held in the Press Club in Mumbai, GBV In Media and Feminism In India (FII) released a well-researched toolkit on 'How To Report Rape' which was a media ethics toolkit on sensitive reportage for gender-based violence. 

As the language employed by media in reporting gender-based violence is very crucial in furthering a society that is more informed and sensitive to the survivors, the toolkit has been designed with the objective of providing media platforms and professionals a handy guide when it comes to reporting gender-based violence.

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Being a media student, the curriculum in the college is vast and covers a plethora of topics, but somehow, the topic of covering gender-based violence doesn't get its due recognition in the syllabus debates or discussions. The toolkit came as a go-to guide and changed my outlook towards the topic. 

The toolkit further included case studies which can broaden one's horizon with regards to the topics discussed and perfectly covers the socio-economic dynamics of it. Following are the topics covered in the toolkit: 

• Using thematic framing rather than episodic framing when covering stories 

• Avoid sensationalistic headlines and body tets 

• Avoid implying that the case is fake or made up

• Which style of language to avoid for both the survivor and the accused 

• Use images that reflect resilience and strength 

• Understand the rape culture i.e. an environment in which rape is prevalent and the one where prevailing values and belief system normalizes sexual violence against women. 

• How to minimize or trivialize the trauma of sexual violence 

You can check out the entire toolkit- here

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