November 1, 2019 at 7:45 pm

IAPE lecture | Experience of Trauma Victims and Survivors of Violent Crime, Nov. 18

Rachel Dissell, Cleveland Plain Dealer, portrait

Rachel Dissell, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Rachel Dissell, Cleveland Plain Dealer Investigative Correspondent, will speak on “The Experience of Trauma Victims and Survivors of Violent Crime” on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Schoonover 145.

Dissell has reported on Cleveland’s response to sexual assault, teen dating violence, the juvenile justice system and, most recently, lead poisoning. She will discuss her approach to trauma storytelling and how to do the complex job of reporting on rape and violence. This is the battle to tell nuanced stories that honor victim experiences and challenge the system while also avoiding burnout as a reporter.
Dissell is an award-winning investigative reporter for The Plain Dealer (since 2002), where she focuses on the impact of violence against women and children, environmental topics, corruption, and other social justice issues. She is also an adjunct professor at Kent State University, her alma mater.

Her talk is part of the Ohio University Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics (IAPE) Lecture Series, The Ethics of Covering Difficult Topics.

The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and E.W. Scripps College of Journalism.

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