We are working with a group of folks on Saturday who are victims of sexual violence. Many of these folks wish to stay anonymous.
I assured them that would be ok.
Should we still get some kind of subject release? Or should we take and give the portraits and call it good?
Thoughts or suggestions on a sensitive, high-risk group?
We did an event last year at a high risk teen shelter. I would suggest just taking their portraits and printing them for them and call it good. Maybe have a few releases on hand in case someone says in passing, "I'd really like to share this or have it online." Only in that case would I have them sign a release. Otherwise, let them keep their anonymity and security and you'll all sleep better at night.
That is exactly what I was thinking. Just in case someone has a "I want to be heard" attitude. But I am going to instruct all the folks to not suggest or even mention anything of the sort.
Thanks for the advice!!
Ditto on that - I would be very, very hesitant to put anything online. As I'm telling my folks that are working with an abuse shelter, it would really, really suck if a person was found by his/her abuser through an hp photo.
Thanks so much!!
We had women and families from an abuse shelter and many did sign the release and were told their photos might be put online. Should we still refrain from posting? There is no other information about them, just the photo, so how could they be tracked down? They were not photographed at their own shelter.
If you decide to post, most definitely do not put their name in any IPTC info or file name of the photo so it can't be traced to them. Still. I'm on the fence about this. You told them their photos MIGHT be put online? Not they WILL be put online? There is a difference. If they had been told they WILL go online and they still agreed I would say post them.
Maybe call the shelter and chat with a director or stop by the shelter and chat with the women again? Get their feel on it. If the women signed obviously you have the legal right, but that does not mean it may be the right thing to do. It's a hard one. Good luck!
I can't say for sure the exact wording, as so many people were signing them in. I will call their center. Thanks.
The center director is going to check with each individual and respond back. She emphasized that many of the women do not realize the danger they put themselves in by signing the release. And some cannot read, but would never tell you. So, even if it was well-explained to them, they may not fully comprehend. We will not post any photos unless we get dual approval, from the women and from the shelter.
Sounds like a good plan!