Sonoma County Media Guide on Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, and Human Trafficking
The media plays a critical role in educating our community and shaping discourse at the national, state and local levels.
Verity created this guide with the help of the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center to support local journalists and media outlets by providing straightforward and accurate information on sexual violence and human trafficking, best practices for interviewing trauma survivors, and the most up-to-date resources to our local area.
Last revised May 2019
Often times, reporters will feel genuine horror about the stories they will hear. Their curiosity and need to make the world make sense, leads them to ask more detailed and personal questions to help them understand various characters in the narrative, to fill in plot gaps, or just to make sense of the interviewee’s story. Reflect on the purpose of these questions and whether or not they are central to your story. If you can, notice that this is happening and remind the interviewee that they can decline to answer any of the questions they don’t want to answer.
Please do not message Verity with personal information.
We welcome questions and feedback from our community! To send us an email, please fill out the adjacent form and we’ll respond to you as quickly as we are able. Our typical response time is within two business days.
Please note: In order to protect your confidentiality, please call our Crisis Line at (707) 545-7273 for all crisis related inquiries. Thank you!