Please join our campaign to ask media outlets to #UseTheRightWords when covering and commenting on the proceedings.
Be a part of #UsetheRightWords:
1. Give kudos! If you see an example of great media reporting on sexual violence! Be it the Jian Ghomeshi case or others, point out the good aspects of the article on social media (the language/framework/image etc.) using the hashtag #UseTheRightWords. You can also write them an email thanking them—please cc us in your email (email@example.com) so that we can document that awesome reporting.
2. Suggest improvements! If you see an example of media reporting on sexual violence that could be improved, point out the problematic aspects of the article be it the language, frameworks or language and include the hashtag #UseTheRightWords. You can also write them an email providing feedback—please cc’ us in your email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can document that awesome reporting.
3. Amplify voices! Retweet/share posts that include the #UseTheRightWords hashtag.
4. Fix it! If you see a problematic headline/language/image being used in media reporting on sexual violence, cross out the problem and add your re-write! Check out the example above. If you do not feel comfortable/safe posting the correction yourself, you can email it to us (email@example.com ) and we’ll post it on our own social media for folks to share widely.
For more information, you can read the report: Use The Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada