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This Guide is intended to help crime victims and survivors work effectively and comfortably with the media (or to decline to do so). Interacting with the media following victimization is a significant decision for crime victims as media exposure can positively or negatively impact your recovery process.

If you are a victim or survivor of a serious crime, the media may want to interview you. Being a victim or having a loved one who has been victimized does not mean that you have to give up your right to privacy. Victims who do not wish to speak to the media can refuse at any time by respectfully declining.

Victims who choose to share their story publicly may feel anxious about an upcoming interview. Being well-prepared in advance of the interview will help reduce these feelings. This Guide will help victims prepare for interacting with many forms of media.