A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801
From a friend at the Journalists and Women Symposium (JAWS, follow them @womenjournos on Twitter), this guide to how to interview survivors of sexual and gender-based violence which, as you might imagine, requires a very delicate touch.
For years WITNESS has worked with activists campaigning to end gender-based violence globally. We know that it can be incredibly painful to share a personal experience of sexual violence. Many survivors of rape in the U.S. military cited fears of their stories being brushed aside, not having their voices heard, of being attacked again. We also know that it is also challenging to ask someone to share his or her experience with you on film. Through our work, it became clear there was a need for guidance on how to conduct these interviews safely, effectively and ethically.