Opening up about sexual abuse is a very hard and scary thing. While some survivors choose to be vocal about their abuse, others don’t want to talk about it at all. Some, though, want to share their story, but might want to remain anonymous.
That’s why a journalist in India turned to Snapchat. According to Jezebel, Yusuf Omar of the Hindustan Times had survivors record their interviews on Snapchat, using filters to disguise their identity. By having survivors take charge of the interviews, and giving them a way to ensure their identity won’t be revealed, Yusuf was able to give them control over their own stories.
Instead of just a promise that Yusuf would blur the survivors’ faces in a video interview, Yusuf told Journalism.co.uk that Snapchat put that power back in the survivors’ hands. That’s huge — especially considering that many times after sexual assault, survivors feel like they’ve lost control.