How can we improve media coverage of sexual assault and abuse? 6-7.30pm

Friday, 6 – 7.30pm

The media plays an important role in perpetuating certain myths and narratives around abuse which has an impact on public (including potential jurors) perception of victims and perpetrators.

Organised by Clear Lines sponsor On Road, the panel will discuss why certain stories make the news and why others don’t, and whether we can change the way media professionals understand and portray sexual assault and abuse in the media.

Marcus Ryder

Marcus Ryder


Chaired by Marcus Ryder, the Head of Current Affairs BBC Scotland. He executive produces all of the television current affairs output produced by Scotland Current Affairs for BBC Scotland and BBC Network. He has commissioned and executive produced several current affairs programmes on sexual assault including a programme on teenage rape, the time bar in Scotland on sexual assault cases (meaning some cases couldn’t be prosecuted) and an award-winning film on child sex abuse in the Catholic church in Scotland.

Alison Holt

Alison Holt

Alison Holt is an award-winning correspondent for the BBC’s main national TV and radio news programmes, and for the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Panorama. She is the Royal Television Society Specialist journalist of 2015 and winner of the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, 2015. Specialist areas include child protection, social care, the welfare system and mental health. She has covered many major stories for the BBC at home and abroad.

Dr Nina Burrowes, research psychologist who specialises in the psychology of sexual abuse and is a regular BBC contributor. She wrote “Responding to the challenge of rape myths in court. A guide for prosecutors” for the CPS.


Radhika Sanghani

The Telegraph’s Wonder Women journalist, Radhika Sanghani, writes about women’s political, health and lifestyle issues and is the author of millennial comedy ‘Virgin’, which is being published in more than 13 countries worldwide, and the sequel ‘Not That Easy’.

Author and survivor Winnie M Li, who is also the co-founder of Clear Lines. As Head of Development at Ugly Duckling Films, she worked on six feature films and an Oscar-nominated short, and later programmed for the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.  She writes across a variety of formats, often about rape, and will soon begin her PhD at the London School of Economics on an ESRC grant, researching the impact of digital media on the public discourse about rape.

Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite – book early to avoid disappointment as space at the venue is very limited.