How to visually report on survivors of conflict-related sexual violence


When you’re reporting on CRSV, the visual choices you make — whether in filmed footage or in photographs — are vitally important. Particularly now, in the digital age, images have an afterlife long beyond that of the story you’re working on. It is crucial that survivors fully understand how they’ll be presented visually and what the implications are. You should consider:

  • Is there strong justification for identifying survivors, or is it safer to start with anonymity?
  • Have they given their meaningful consent to be photographed or filmed? Do they understand the reach of social media that may be seen in their communities?

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