Navigation Links
News media reinforce sexual exploitation stereotypes
Date:11/11/2013

News stories about sexually exploited youth in Canada perpetuate unhelpful stereotypes, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

The study, recently published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, found that stories seldom focus on perpetrators, do not capture the diversity of victims, and use words that legitimize the illegal act of sexual exploitation committed against youth.

"Our research shows that news reports commonly use words that portray exploitive experiences as 'business' or 'trade,' and sometimes call exploiters 'customers' if they mention those who are buying sex at all," says Elizabeth Saewyc, lead author of the study and professor at the UBC School of Nursing. "This has consequences for how society views these young people and their situation, and what we do about it."

Researchers examined 835 Canadian print news articles and compared them to existing research about sexually exploited youth. Their findings show that Canadian print media typically portrayed a specific image of sexual exploitation, often older teenage girls on street corners, even though research evidence shows nearly equal rates of exploitation among girls and boys.

"If you're a young person being exploited, but you constantly hear that only certain kinds of people are exploited, or only in these stereotypical ways, you may not even recognize this is what's happening to you," says Saewyc. "We hoped our study would show improvements in reporting over time, but that isn't what we found."

Saewyc believes service providers and researchers can be advocates for accurate reporting, but editors and reporters have a responsibility to avoid stereotypes. She recommends that news stories place greater focus on the exploiters and more accurately reflect the experiences of victims of sexual exploitation.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tracy Tang
tracy.tang@nursing.ubc.ca
778-888-6848
University of British Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Infertility Meets Social Media in a Virtual Video Contest to Win a Donated IVF Cycle
2. Beverly Hills Public Relations: Special Rate for Social Media Management
3. Mediaplanet to Release Call-To-Action Campaign Encouraging Americans to Invest in Disaster Relief in the Developing World
4. myMEDHoliday Launches a Series of Blog Posts to Showcase Trip to Malaysia International Healthcare Travel Expo (MIHTE) as Official Media Partner
5. Rich Products Corporation Streamlines their Production Process with Seamless Workflow, Media Asset Management and Online Proofing
6. Mediation.com Adds Respected Former Judge and Trial Lawyer J.D. Williamson to Its Vast Attorney-Mediator Network
7. SweetCheeks Products Goes ‘Thigh Tech’ with First Anti-Cellulite Mat with Immediate Results for at Home Use
8. Dwell Media Launches Dwell Store
9. Mediaplanet Publishing and StateServ Partner with Hospice Industry Leaders to Release “End of Life Care”—a Special Edition within USA TODAY
10. Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center is Launching a New Social Media Campaign to Educate the Public about Safely Eliminating Varicose Veins
11. Alliance Storage Technologies Completes Transition of UDO Media Channel from Verbatim/MKM
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Dudnyk has announced the launch of its new brand identity, ... potential of specialty and orphan brands can only be achieved when the needs and ... Effect is at the heart of a true partnership between our agency and our ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Crossover Symmetry , an evidence based ... lifestyle company that provides Human Performance Training and education to tactical athletes. Together ... military officers and others in service through the development and conditioning of overall ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... , ... April 21, 2017 , ... ... in the category of International Trade, the UK’s most prestigious award for business ... which represents 95% of total revenues and has grown by a total of ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The ... world leaders in hopes of squashing a global crisis with solution to peace plan. Yisrayl ... to work because the plan is given by the Creator Himself. , Yisrayl says ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... Indiana Fiber Network, LLC (IFN), the ... to Tele-Media Solutions. IFN is delivering Multi-Gigabit data rates as an upstream ... protect transport with 3GB Dual Access Internet access now available in their service ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE ... today announced that it will be participating in the ... the InterContinental Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts ... present at 11:20 a.m. Eastern Time. A ... Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com .  ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017  RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), ... address significant unmet medical needs, today announced that ... consumer product development program, based on its proprietary ... Investigative Dermatology (SID) 76 th Annual Meeting.  ... the sciences relevant to skin health and disease ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017  CVS Pharmacy, the ... unveiled a new store design to enhance the ... healthier food, health-focused products and expanded beauty selections ... help customers discover new offerings. Together with its ... evolution of the customer experience at CVS Pharmacy.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: