#MeToo, Me Too, movement, sexual assault, framing

Document Type

Research Paper


This study examines the extent to which coverage by The New York Times of the #MeToo movement includes a diverse background of victims of sexual assault and harassment. Source representation in media impacts the public's perception of social issues and groups represented. This case study tracks demographic coverage of sexual harassment and assault in a high-profile news organization. Data gathered examines The New York Times framing of victims and inclusivity of reporting over a two-month period in 2017. Findings suggest that victims most often sourced in #MeToo-related stories are Caucasian females employed in the entertainment industry or in politics. This study determines that The New York Times coverage excludes representation of minorities. However, it must be stated that framing analyses are sometimes small, requiring results to be treated with caution (Matthes, 2009). This study is not an exception, as the sample population is only a portion of what could be potentially analyzed



Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Sexual abuse victims--Press coverage--Case studies; Sex crimes--Press coverage--Case studies; Sexual harassment--Press coverage--Case studies


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Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

New York Times Company








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