Wednesday, October 6, 2010

From a Fellow Advocate

from Mike Scur, Hotline Advocate since Fall 2009

I happened across these a couple days ago. Both Salon and Jezebel covered the story, with respective differences editorially. It deals with internet technology and the unfortunately ubiquitous perception of "victim's fault" here and abroad.

Live-tweeting about rape in Haiti

Is live-tweeting about rape a wake-up call or a mistake?

It certainly brings up ethical considerations regarding confidentiality and consent (at one point the reporter was using the woman's full name in her tweets).

It places me, individually, in a strange area. On one hand I think the striking realism of her story and experience, and the live updates of which, are almost necessary at times to remind people of reality (the contrast of this might be promoting the misconception that EVERY examination is going to be like this for EVERY woman, which provided there's an advocate, it won't be). My primary concern is if she's being exploited though for a story, especially if she was unaware of how it would have been disseminated.

It's a tough call for me. What do you think?

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