Gang Rape & HIV/AIDS

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On Sunday night during News Hour (18/11/2001), and then repeated on Monday (20/11/2001) on Morning Live, the SABC chose to report a story about a woman who had been gang raped. While the intention may have been good, the result raised several ethical issues and highlighted the necessity for extreme care to be exercised in the reporting of violence against women. The item was exceptional for the way it dealt with the issue of HIV/AIDS, in that the rape survivor was named and identified and that her children were identified.

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