Media Kit

As part of our vision to end sexual violence through healing and social change, BARCC is committed to raising awareness of sexual violence and the issues surrounding it. The news media can play a powerful role in educating the public about sexual violence, and we are happy to work as partners with and resources for our colleagues in the news media to provide accurate information to the community.

If you are working on a story about sexual violence, please email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We can provide facts, current research, expert commentary, and, in some cases, survivor contacts. In order to respect the privacy of those we serve as well as that of our staff, please observe the following BARCC policies regarding media and publicity:

  • All media requests should be emailed to BARCC’s Executive Director, Gina Scaramella, LICSW at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • BARCC does not permit photographs to be taken on-site at our offices. Stock photographs are available for use.
  • We can connect reporters with survivors who have agreed to share their story. BARCC does not share information about survivors or their stories unless granted prior permission by the survivor.
  • Since many survivors are likely to read media stories related to BARCC or to sexual assault, we ask that our hotline number (800.841.8371) be included in the body of a story or in a sidebar.

Read facts and statistics about sexual violence, get tips on covering sexual assaults, and find out more about BARCC in our online media kit, which includes:

  Fact sheet about sexual violence

  Tips for covering sexual assaults

  Fact sheet about BARCC

  Biography of BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella, LICSW

Other Resources

Covering Crime and Justice
A website for journalists, by journalists.

Poynter Reports
A series of essays on some of the challenges associated with reporting on rape. 

Chicago Taskforce Media Toolkit

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