As mentioned in a previous post, in late summer 2017, and all throughout the fall, I began giving presentations to my coworkers, company wide, about The Language of Violence. For years, I dreamed of helping create a guide for our journalists and on-air commentators to consult when having to speak or write about sexual or interpersonal violence news. I just know and believe that how media members talk about sexual violence is essential to our understanding of the crime and its impact. And for too long, we’ve been using the wrong words, ones that stack the odds in favor of the perpetrator.
It’s been a very busy time for me, and one that is so meaningful – and a little stressful – but I wouldn’t have it any other way. That Sports Business Journal chose to highlight my work is added joy, but was never the goal. I hope to keep doing this work, wherever I am needed, and my insights, desired.