SELF CARE & SEXUAL ASSAULT NEWS COVERAGE

SELF CARE & SEXUAL ASSAULT NEWS COVERAGE

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SELF CARE & SEXUAL ASSAULT NEWS COVERAGE

Since the #metoo movement exploded and more and more survivors of sexual assault have come forward to share their stories, the media surrounding each case has got more salacious. The coverage is a great tool for increasing public awareness, but it’s important to not forget that the survivors can also be triggered by the coverage. Obviously, this has been the case for many decades with portrayals of sexual violence in film, TV, news and social media, but the way we consume information today is so different. The media needs you to read their article instead of their competitors (again, nothing new here), but we now live in a world of hashtags and clickbait, where the priority is clicking not your feelings or healing. #sorrynotsorry seems appropriate here.

If you have been triggered by the news coverage this week, last week, month or year here are a few ways you can help yourself and reduce your anxiety, irritability, sadness or flashbacks by making yourself, your wellbeing and your mental health a priority.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL

You don’t have to watch/read/view/like/follow/subscribe to anything you do not want to. You can remove yourself, turn it off, click close, unfollow, unsubscribe, mute, report and re-visit your privacy settings. Block accounts that trigger you. Report graphic images. Turn off your TV (even if it is for 5 mins). Remember you are in control of what you consume so consume cautiously. There is no shame in scrolling on if you feel uncomfortable. You are in control. Take control.

TRIGGER WARNINGS

Trigger warnings are not highlighted for #LOLS or clickbait, they are there to help protect you. “You may be triggered by this content” is a warning to you, the reader or viewer, that what you are about to see, hear or view might be disturbing, it might make you feel uncomfortable and it’s up to you at this point to decide whether or not to consume or exit stage left. If you are ever concerned about a TV show or a movie then read ahead. The BFFC have detailed guidelines available online about possible dangers to viewers designed to empower you the consumer, to keep young people safe and to make sure people feel secure when they view certain content. If you do want to watch something, but you feel nervous or uncomfortable why not watch with friends? Or read in a safe space? View at home? Remember you can read, view or consume information, but you do not have to engage. You are in control.

COMMENTS ARE NOT FACTS

Reading stories about other sexual assault survivors can be incredibly empowering, but reading the comments can be distressing, especially when the survivor is being accused of lying and or being investigated very publicly. It is important to remember that the comments are not facts, they are opinions of others who do not know the whole story. Their comments and opinions are not aimed at you. Talk to a friend about it, ask for help and support if you are struggling. Talking with someone always helps you to feel heard, safe, supported and to give perspective to your unique situation.

If you feel uncomfortable, want to talk to someone, or would like to report a sexual assault contact :

NHS RAPE REPORT

RAPECRISIS

VICTIMSUPPORT



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