Students for Survivors
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Remove "The Sex Talk: The Conversation that is Not Happening About Campus Sexual Assault"
By signing this petition, you are expressing your outrage in response to The Enquirer’s special report titled “The Sex Talk: The Conversation That is Not Happening About Campus Sexual Assault.” The project, published on the fifth of August, was created and curated by Kate Murphy and Meg Vogel, and edited by Amy Wilson. The project was also posted to USA Today on the sixth of August. Multiple survivors of sexual assault whose stories and experiences were utilized for the project have expressed their discomfort in the final product. We are in solidarity with and aim to obtain justice for them. We demand that the project, whose curators behaved unethically and unprofessionally, should be removed immediately. The survivors whose stories were used in this project are justifiably upset, and have been re-traumatized by having their stories included in a project with perpetrators of sexual violence. When these survivors expressed their concerns, the curators of this project gaslighted them, and refused to cooperate with them. As the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics States: "Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information" and "avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information unless traditional, open methods will not yield information vital to the public." Ms. Murphy, Ms. Vogel, and Ms. Wilson directly contradicted these principles when they omitted key people involved (including a rapist) and did not initially tell these survivors that this project would be published on a national scale. This project could have been an advocacy-based, supportive, educational piece. Instead, Ms. Murphy, Ms. Vogel, and Ms. Wilson directly harmed the people they claimed the project was supposed to help. For these reasons and more, we demand that the project be removed from The Cincinnati Enquirer and USA Today. For further information, read the entirety of the Facebook post by The Collective, and please share that post widely: https://www.facebook.com/TheCollectiveMiamiU/posts/261959764532743