El Sunday, a famous woman, Rocio Carrasco, narrated on television that she has been a victim of gender violence, a testimony of mistreatment followed by millions of people in prime time which has opened a complex debate on the credibility of the victims, the responsibility of the media, the spectacularization of pain and the existence of parallel trials.
In Rocío, tell the truth to stay alive, Carrasco recounted episodes of psychological abuse of his ex-partner Antonio David Flores, statements that have led Mediaset to cancel the contractual relationship with him – who has been a Telecinco collaborator for years – and have generated a wave of support with the protagonist for the that the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, has joined. “Both the testimony and those very high audience levels justify that it is an obligation for the Ministry of Equality and for me as a minister to be there. (…) To be there whenever a woman dares to take the step of denouncing a situation of sexist violence (…) and because there are thousands of women who can feel identified for the first time with their story, “said Montero in Save me.
The expert journalist on gender Noemí López Trujillo acknowledges that the fact that it has been broadcast on Telecinco “makes it reach a lot of people” and that can help victims of different generations and sociocultural strata to feel reflected, understand their stories and feel less alone and misunderstood. He questions the informational treatment of Telecinco, which does not seem the most appropriate, but considers that we should not be more critical of the program due to the fact that it is broadcast on this channel: “Be careful that we have a scapegoat with which to feel better people, “he warns.
This informant emphasizes the risk of spectacularization of the content of the interview, although she believes that what Carrasco has done can be valued without ceasing to be critical of the channel. “The public knows that Telecinco has done great atrocities,” he continues, and although the network’s intentions may be mistrusted, “it is still significant that it points to this wave of the feminist movement through this story, that it carries stories that have occupied more academic or institutional places to more informal places “.
praying and nevenka The journalist recalls Ana Orantes and Nevenka Fernández and emphasizes the potential of television “as the last medium to go to when you can’t take it anymore”: “Carrasco is aware of the risk of revictimization, that it is going to be harmful to her (…) but telling it on television is a way of redeeming yourself, with your children in the face of the story they have built about you “.
The professor of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising José Miguel Contreras emphasizes that television has the great advantage of its power of expansion and influence and therefore allows any topic of social interest to be dealt with with great impact and its capacity to raise awareness must be assessed. “Television continues to have, no matter how fragmented the internet and networks exist, an extraordinary power to concentrate the center of interest of many millions of people, above any other medium. (…) Sexist violence has become absolutely in the foreground, “he asserts.
The Minister of Equality argued that this medium is often one of the few elements of connection with the world that women who suffer gender violence have, hence the importance of journalism that legitimizes the voice of the victims. Montero pointed out that the media have contributed many times to amplifying discourses that question sexist violence and to trivialize and ridicule the testimonies of the victims, which is why he considers it so important that they now contribute to giving voice and legitimacy to women.
“The possibility of being able to tell it and do it in an environment that is not judged and believed and supported is good for the victims,” he acknowledges. Efe the director of the Fundación Mujeres, the lawyer Marisa Soleto, who nevertheless warns of the risk that society feels authorized to judge. Soleto praises that support has been closed around Carrasco’s testimony, but emphasizes that it is necessary to flee from a treatment that involves putting the victims in the public pillory: “It is a story that is similar to hundreds of thousands of other women who they have experienced very similar situations, but perhaps that format – with commentators commenting on the statements – leads us to a trial in a public square “. He claims that a spectacle with the pain of the victims is not created and that frivolization be avoided, that Carrasco’s testimony does not become a “four-track circus.”
Soleto is aware that any mechanism to raise awareness against gender violence is welcome and clarifies that Carrasco herself has decided how to tell her story and in which chain to do it. “I have nothing to say about the testimony, what bothers me is the format, which can be judged while recounting their experiences,” he remarks: “Regardless of the chain’s strategy, surely more than one woman and more than two have been questioned what they are living “.
Carrasco denounced his ex-partner for physical and psychological abuse, lawsuits that were provisionally dismissed. In this regard, Professor Contreras draws attention to the need for this type of problem to be dealt with delicately and warns of the danger “of being introduced with parallel trials in conflicts in which the role of justice is fundamental.” “Television does a great job in placing the focus on society’s problems, it is an extremely positive contribution, but taking extreme care, with delicacy, not to fall into parallel damning trials and try to balance and leave the justice in the hands of justice. resolution of the case “, asks the professor.