Update #5 ·

The Chicago Tribune still doesn't get it

Over the past few months, it’s been so exciting to see hundreds of new people sign our petition calling on the Chicago Tribune to stop minimizing domestic violence crimes through its irresponsible reporting practices. Thanks to everyone who is strengthening our campaign by inviting friends to join!

Some of you may be wondering why I started this campaign in the first place…

Last year, I started to notice a troubling pattern in articles published by the Tribune. When reporting about homicides between intimate partners, staff writers would consistently refer to these crimes as domestic “disturbances, instances, or disputes.”

Reading this, someone could easily think that domestic violence crimes are random, isolated events. But domestic violence is not an angry outburst - it is a learned behavior. Talking about these crimes as if they came out of the blue, allows us to miss the patterns of violence and controlling behaviors that leads to domestic violence.

When one in four women (25%) in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, we can’t afford to let the media outlets like the Chicago Tribune report of this problem so irresponsibly.

The article above (published in the Tribune just yesterday) , clearly shows that Senior Vice President/Editor Gerould Kern, hasn’t gotten the message yet. That’s why we need to keep the pressure on and grow this movement.

Together we can a difference!

Carissa Daniels
Campaign Leader, Stop Violence Against Women (SVAW)

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