Investigating Sexual Abuse: Reporting Tips and Tools

The subject of sexual violence remains a sensitive if not taboo subject in much of the world and often goes unreported. Watchdog journalism has started digging deeper into sexual violence, but these investigations are still few relative to the estimated number of cases worldwide. This guide is based on tips and techniques drawn from a November 2020 GIJN webinar, Investigating Sexual Abuse, and augmented by a GIJN Resource Center search of relevant case studies, useful organizations, and guides. The webinar featured speakers Lénaïg Bredoux, gender editor at Mediapart; Sophia Huang, a freelance journalist in China; Ashwaq Masoodi, a freelance journalist in India; and moderator Susanne Reber, executive producer of podcasts at Scripps, a US media company.  
Case Studies
Useful Organizations and Guides
Tips for Reporting

Research Laws and Statistics

Find Stories

Build Trust

Compile Evidence

Recognize Patterns

Use Precise Language

Recognize Your Responsibility

Case Studies
Here is a selection of recent stories about investigations into sexual abuse or violence.