Dealing with the Media
Crime victims and survivors may find dealing with
newspaper and television reporters very difficult. Graphic
photographs or television footage, release of your name and
address, and aggressive attempts to interview you may
distress you. If the report leaves out information or is
inaccurate, you may feel more traumatized, you have the
right to say no to any or all contact with the media.
You should talk to the prosecutor before talking with
reporters. The defendant may be able to use your statements
to request a change of trial location if there has been too
much pretrial publicity, or you may be cross-examined on
your statements at trial. You may wish to release only a
written statement through a spokesperson, after consulting
with the prosecutor.
If you agree to an interview, you may set conditions for it,
such as the time and location, the presence of a friend or
advocate, request for a certain reporter, review of direct
quotations from you before they are printed, and the type of
photographs to be used. You have the right to shield your
children or other vulnerable family members from interviews.
Try to do what is best for your own peace of mind.