Sue Joseph

The ethical challenges in unmasking secrets

Sue Joseph's latest publication is built around a series of fascinating interviews exploring people's secrets covering various taboos: rape, child sexual abuse, sexual reassignment, race, disability and sexuality. Here she explores some of the difficult ethical issues involved when revealing personal secrets



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Note on the contributor

Dr Sue Joseph has been a journalist for more than thirty years, working in Australia and the UK. She began working as an academic, teaching print journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney in 1997. She now teaches journalism and creative writing, particularly creative non-fiction writing and feature writing, in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at UTS. Her research interests are around sexuality, secrets and confession, framed by the media; HIV and women; ethics, trauma; and Australian creative non-fiction. Speaking Secrets is her third book. Email: