Touching a child for sexual purposes is one definition of child sexual abuse. So is showing pornography to a child, photographing a child in sexual/suggestive poses or watching a child undress.
In today’s news, a story about a child sex offender often gets it’s 30 seconds of air time and then is dismissed for a bigger story about Kanye and his outbursts.
Its almost like they think the topic is too taboo for the audience to want to hear about it. I think they just don’t want to take a risk and would rather play it safe. This is not the type of journalism I want to be a part of. I want to give my audience all the facts because if I don’t report it, this issue might never receive the support it deserves.
What I found even more useful as a journalist is the breakdown of the training module which includes taking a story beyond a headline, interviewing victims, ethics and legal concerns, weeding out rumors from facts and finding the best ways to connect with and educate the public on the issue.
I find this site particularly useful for me as a journalist because I hope to some day make a difference by telling one of these stories.
There is no excuse for abuse and that is a message I want to make clear to my audience. These resources and tips will hopefully put me on that track to being a voice against violence.