Media Coverage

Centring Youth Voices In Media Coverage Of Sexual Violence

femifesto | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Living

Children and youth under the age of 18 are the most at risk for sexual assault in Canada, followed by young people aged 18-24, according to Statistics Canada. This issue is critically important to young people, but so often, older adult voices are prioritized.

Talking About Cis Men And Media Coverage Of Sexual Assault

femifesto | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living

While cisgender men are much less likely to experience sexual violence than women and trans folks, it doesn't mean that men can't be survivors of violence. We sat down separately with anti-violence advocates Glen Canning and Derek Warwick to hear more about how we can ensure men who are survivors aren't erased from the conversation.

End Islamophobic Coverage Of Muslim Sexual Violence Survivors

femifesto | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Living

Quite often, visibly Muslim women receive the worst of Islamophobic violence and harassment. And when they face violence from within their communities, Muslim women may be unlikely to report it, knowing that their communities are already over-policed.

Listen To Sexual Assault Survivors Of Colour

femifesto | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living

More and more, we're hearing stories of sexual violence being told publicly and receiving sustained media attention. This is, arguably, a turning point in the national conversation about sexual violence and gender-based violence in Canada. But whose stories are being included in the conversation? Which survivors' voices are heard?

Stop Erasing Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities

femifesto | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living

When it comes to sexual violence, people with disabilities are often the most vulnerable. Research shows that women with disabilities are three times as likely to be forced into sexual activity (Vecova). But where are the stories of sexual violence survivors with disabilities?

Let's Dispel The Myths Around Sex Workers And Assault

femifesto | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living

When we see stories of sexual violence against sex workers, we often aren't told that a sexual assault happened. The assumptions are the same: that it's not sexual assault if a person sometimes accepts payment for sex. That you can't rape a sex worker you're paying. That the sex worker asked for it. This couldn't be farther from the truth.

Consent Culture Isn't Possible In A Colonial System

femifesto | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living

Advocates say there are more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, but these stories seldom garner national press. And Indigenous women in the provinces report a rate of violent victimization that is about 2.5 times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous women. We spoke with two Indigenous advocates and experts about what we should be talking about when it comes to sexual violence and Indigenous communities.

Who Will Protect Us From Our Protectors?

femifesto | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living

One of the ways anti-Black racism manifests is the way we talk about (or don't talk about) sexual violence perpetrated against the Black community. While Canadian statistics don't gather victimization data by race, we know that Black communities are among the most underserved and marginalized groups in Canada, making Black women and trans folks among the most vulnerable to sexual violence

Stop Excluding Trans Survivors From Discussions Of Sexual Violence

femifesto | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living

"Most, if not all, mainstream feminism only represents a certain kind of person. Of course, we're talking about white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender women." Too often, says Kai, marginalized communities such as trans folks aren't given a platform to talk about the issues, like sexual violence, that impact them.

Why Dire Warnings Won't Help the Environment

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

A study of iconic images and dramatic sounds and narratives used by media in portraying climate change found that although at first people gravitate to sensationalism, in the long run they become paralyzed by fear, and feel dis-empowered to take any action.

Will Sandy's Strength Spur Climate Change Coverage?

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

For a long time North Americans were oblivious to a problem taking place in geographically isolated places. The television media thus neglected to bring the global climate change message closer to home, and in the process seem to have disengaged people emotionally from the issue. But now climate change is knocking on our doorsteps.