Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence

This breakout session will take place on Friday, 2PM in the Performance Theatre.

femifesto is a Toronto-based, feminist organization that works to shift rape culture to consent culture. We provide education, training and research on gender-based violence including building consent culture, addressing rape culture, and media reporting. femifesto created the free guide, Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on, Sexual Violence in Canada, to support those who work in the media as they navigate covering sexual violence.  You can access our guide at

Mainstream media makers have the profound power to shape conversations about sexual violence. In this session, we will explore the language and frameworks required to report on sexual violence in ways that do not shame or blame survivors, and break down clear examples of how these promising practices can be applied to news reporting on recent cases.

farrah_khan_headshot-1Farrah Khan is a counsellor, educator and artist with 16 years of experience addressing gender-based violence. She is the Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator at Ryerson University. In March 2015, she was named co-chair of the provincial roundtable on Violence Against Women, tasked with coordinating high-level discussions with multiple stakeholders to review and monitor existing policies and procedures to address forms of gender-based violence. Farrah has co-created innovative community-centered initiatives including #WeBelieveSurvivors, Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada and Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project. With Outburst, she developed a risk assessment/safety planning tool on “honor” related violence and forced marriage.  As a educator, she has conducted trainings across North America on sexual violence, gender-based violence and human rights advocacy.  Farrah is regularly sought out by national media including the CBC and the Globe and Mail for her expertise. Her leadership and commitment have been recognized with several awards from organizations such as the the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Toronto Community Foundation and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.  Farrah received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto. (


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