About the Media Information Kit

The Ministère des Communications, de la Culture et de la Condition féminine (MCCCF) commissioned the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) to prepare an online information kit on sexual assault for the media as part of the 2011-2015 Government Action Plan on Gender Equality. The preparation of the kit corresponds to Action 82 of the plan: Prepare a media information kit on sexual assault. The plan states that [TRANSLATION] “there is a need for objective information that is free of sexism and prejudice on the topic [of sexual assault] given the central role the media plays in the public’s understanding of this phenomenon. Appropriate resources should also be put in place.”

This media kit has therefore been designed as a work tool to provide media professionals and media spokespersons with accurate, up-to-date, and in-depth information on the problem of sexual assault. 

Purpose and Objectives of the Media Kit

Purpose:

  • Eliminate misconceptions and tolerance towards sexual assault on the part of individuals and society as a whole in Québec.

Objectives:

  • Raise awareness among media professionals and spokespersons about the importance of providing the public with accurate information on sexual assault that is free of sexism, prejudice and sensationalism;
  • Provide the media, spokespersons and the general public with recent evidence-based information on sexual assault;
  • Focus more attention in the news media on the criminal and unacceptable nature of sexual assault;
  • Foster better understanding of the help resources available to the public in the area of sexual assault.

Target groups:

  • Québec news media professionals
  • Students in journalism and communications
  • Media spokespersons
  • Government communications officers
  • General public

What is the Institut national de santé publique du Québec?

The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) is a public health expertise and reference centre in Québec. Created in 1998, the INSPQ aims to advance knowledge and skills, as well as propose cross-sectoral strategies and actions that will improve the health and well-being of the population of Québec.

The INSPQ’s experts come from a range of fields, including applied sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities. They work with the health network and the academic and research communities to develop and pool public health knowledge and skills.

Preparation of the Media Kit

Authors:

Karine Baril, Planning, Programming and Research Officer
Ruth Pilote, Planning, Programming and Research Officer
Julie Laforest, Planning, Programming and Research Officer
Sécurité et prévention des traumatismes
Développement des individus et des communautés
Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Director:

Pierre Maurice, Scientific Coordinator
Sécurité et prévention des traumatismes
Développement des individus et des communautés
Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Graphic design:

Tabasko

Web design:

Olivier Robert, Webmaster
Benoit Houle, Webmaster
Delphine Descamps, Communications Technician
Unité des communications et de la documentation
Secrétariat général, communications et documentation
Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Advisory Committee:

Manon Bergeron, Professor, Department of Sexology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Marc-François Bernier, Professor, Department of Communication, University of  Ottawa
Mtre. Rachel Boivin, Assistant Chief Prosecutor, Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales
Hélène Cadrin, Advisor, Secrétariat à la condition féminine and Co-Chair of the Comité interministériel en violence conjugale, familiale et en agression sexuelle
Caroline Caux, Research and Socio-Economic Planning Officer, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Delphine Collin-Vézina, Professor, School of Social work, McGill University, and Researcher, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les problèmes conjuguaux et les agressions sexuelles (CRIPCAS)
François Giroux, Director, Unité des communications et de la documentation, Institut national de santé publique du Québec
Chantal Labrecque, Sexual Assault Responder, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Sara Martinet, Director, Centre d’intervention en violence et agressions sexuelles – CIVAS
Stéphanie Ménard, Information Officer, Institut national de santé publique du Québec
Émilie Rochette, Sexual Assault Responder, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Monique Tardif, Professor, Department of Sexology, Université du Québec à Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel
Deborah Trent, Director, Montreal Sexual Assault Centre

Other contributors:

Joanne Aubé-Maurice, Community Health Resident, Université Laval  Isabelle Boisvert, M.Sc., Ph.D. student in Psychoeducation, Université de Sherbrooke
Guy Bruneau, Professional Development Coordinator, École national de police du Québec
Patrice Corriveau, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa
Mireille Cyr, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal, and Researcher, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les problèmes conjuguaux et les agressions sexuelles (CRIPCAS)
Karim El Hlimi, Ph.D. student in Physical Education, Université Laval
Christopher Greco, Ph.D. student in Criminology, University of Ottawa
Louise Langevin, Professor, Faculty of Law, Université Laval
Sylvie Parent, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physical Education, Université Laval
Jo-Annie Spearson-Goulet, M.A., Ph.D. student in Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Michel St-Yves, Forensic Psychologist, Sûreté du Québec
Monique Tardif, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sexology, Université du Québec à Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel

Acknowledgments:

Maryse Beaudy, Information Officer, Institut national de santé publique du Québec
Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie, Direction de  santé publique (human resources)
Anne-Marie Faucher, Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale du Québec
Florence Niquet, Administrative Officer, Institut national de santé publique du Québec 

Financial support:

Ministère des communications, de la culture et de la condition féminine (2011)
Institut national de santé publique du Québec