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:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... As health ... medicine known as “patient engagement.” The patient is doing more than filling out a ... , “There is an increasing emphasis in health care and research on the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX ... CBD Oil utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will ... and providing a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families ... However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client ... elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and ... explains one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, ... puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States ... creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have ... thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/19/2017)... HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing a non-invasive, robotically assisted, platform ... leadership team developments today:   ... ... Tom Tefft ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek , PhD, who has led ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... KALAMAZOO, Mich. , Sept. 18, 2017 ... , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy of Kalamazoo, ... offer a strategic hub service that expedites and streamlines ... personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, and wellness management services.  ... is a medical device used to measure lung function ...
(Date:9/13/2017)... --  OrthoAtlanta has been named the official orthopedic and ... for the 2018 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship to ... in Atlanta, Georgia . OrthoAtlanta is proud ... participating in many activities leading up to, and including the ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: