Media portrayals of sexual violence often perpetuate misleading stereotypes. However, BMSG Senior Media Researcher Pamela Mejia says a positive shift may be happening -- one that points to the need for prevention and holds institutions accountable for their role in fostering (or preventing) abuse.
The media perpetuate a harsh stigma against male survivors of sexual assault. BMSG researcher Pamela Mejia explains that this gets reflected in the language journalists use to describe the assault: While female survivors are often described as victims of abuse, young men are often described as being in a sexual "relationship" with the perpetrator.
Citing BMSG research on news coverage of domestic violence, this Washington Post article discusses how some of the language that media use to report on domestic homicides lets perpetrators off the hook by rationalizing their behavior.
Soda consumption isn't just a health issue — it's a social justice issue. As BMSG's Lori Dorfman points out in this article, soda companies aggressively market to youth of color and do so by exploiting cultural identities, music and images.
Young people of color face steeper risks of diet-related illness and, as BMSG Director Lori Dorfman explains, an avalanche of food marketing targeted at them both online and off. "Marketing," she says, "is integrated in all aspects of their lives."