Media portrayals of sexual violence often perpetuate misleading stereotypes. However, BMSG Senior Media Researcher Pamela Mejia says a positive shift may be happening -- one that points to the need for prevention and holds institutions accountable for their role in fostering (or preventing) abuse.
The media perpetuate a harsh stigma against male survivors of sexual assault. BMSG researcher Pamela Mejia explains that this gets reflected in the language journalists use to describe the assault: While female survivors are often described as victims of abuse, young men are often described as being in a sexual "relationship" with the perpetrator.
At a workshop in Mexico City for local children's health advocates, BMSG's Fernando Quintero discussed the need to reduce marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children, which has been a major contributor to that nation's diabetes epidemic as well as other nutrition-related diseases.
Following the release of a study that looked at gaps in federal regulations that are meant to protect children against target marketing of junk food and beverages, children's health advocates called for stricter rules to limit such advertising and marketing practices. BMSG's Fernando Quintero provided testimony at a Mexican federal hearing and a press conference about the impact of targeting marketing of unhealthy food in the United States.
During a presentation in Mexico City of the newly released report, "Marketing of food and beverages to children: Industry strategies," experts in nutrition, communication and children's rights advocates, including BMSG's Fernando Quintero, provided testimony regarding the need for stricter regulations around target marketing to children.