Journalism programs will all tell you that Twitter is such a great tool for journalists to stay connected to readers; but it's not a great place to discuss sensitive issues such as sexual assault. When Christine Fox Tweeted about the clothing of sexual assault victims she didn't intend to expose herself or these women to an onslaught of online victim-blame. But intended or not, it happened under her watch. Twitter - or any social media in this case - is not a shielded enough environment to discuss a sensitive issue like sexual assault. By shield, I mean the verb to shield, which Oxford dictionaries defines as, "to protect someone or something from a danger, risk, or an unpleasant experience." I would certainly consider being exposed to victim-blame and unwanted notoriety as an unpleasant experience for these survivors.
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If the comments section of a news page gets a little uncouth, social media is the wild west of commenting. It's the preying grounds for every asshole who wants to humiliate and disrespect others without fear of repercussions. In a society that is plagued with victim-blamers, assaulters, and many more who do not understand the seriousness of sexual assault, I would never Tweet content regarding a sexual assault story. These women trusted Fox with their stories, and when Fox Tweeted their expereinces, she exposed these women, and herself, to the good, the bad, and (mostly) the ugly world of Twitter scum bags… "her feed converted into a rolling, real-time rebuke of victim-blaming," reported Slate writer Amanda Hess. The Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics, under the section to "minimize harm," urges journalists to "show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, and victims of sex crimes." Fox could have used a lot more discretion to protect her subjects.