PODCAST: responsible reporting of sexual assault trials
Following on from our guidelines on how to report sexual assault trials in Scotland, and high profile court cases around the world and here in Scotland, we've produced a podcast exploring the role the news media has to play in responsible reporting of sexual assault trials. Hosted by Alys Mumford of Engender, it features:
Dani Garavelli, freelance journalist and columnist for Scotland on Sunday. She has won feature writer of the year at the Scottish Press Awards for two years in a row now, as well as being a regular finalist and winner at the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.
Professor Karen Boyle, director of Gender Studies at Strathclyde University. Karen has written extensively about issues of feminism and the media and last year authored #MeToo, Weinstein and Feminism – providing a much needed feminist analysis of #MeToo and sexual assault allegations against high profile men.
Rape Crisis Scotland's Press and Campaigns Officer, Brenna Jessie. Brenna has campaigned on responsible media for much of her life, including with the No More Page Three campaign and on highlighting inaccurate and sensationalist reporting of violence.
You can listen to the podcast below, and if you have been affected by any of the things we've talked about today, you can call Rape Crisis Scotland on 08088 010302 or find them online at https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/. You can also contact the Scottish Women's Rights Centre if you're not sure what your rights are - they're at ScottishWomensRightsCentre.org.uk.
There is also a transcript of the podcast available here.