The Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has been working with journalists, state administrators, victim advocates, and educators to address sexual assault coverage by the media, specifically newspapers. The workgroup created a resource called "Reporting Sexual Assault: A Guide for Journalists." This document was developed to encourage more accurate and compassionate reporting on sexual assault by newspaper journalists and editors in Michigan.
This Service Provider tool kit is a companion to the "Guide for Journalists." It includes some basic information about the media, and provides a foundation for reshaping the public discussion on sexual assault. MCADSV hopes that this resource will encourage relationships between local media and sexual assault programs. This resource will prepare advocates to be responsive while proposing strategies for approaching local media outlets.