Rapid developments in digital technologies have sparked revolutionary shifts in
participatory research. Emerging tools such as digital stories and cellphilms offer
participants opportunities to engage actively in research and to produce media
about their everyday lives. Yet, while these may enable such engagement,
researchers need to ensure that the very tools meant as technologies of nonviolence
are not in and of themselves violent. This article uses a technology-based, participatory
visual methods workshop conducted with girls and young women as part
of addressing sexual violence in a rural community in South Africa as a case study.
We identify and reflect on some of the ethical issues that arose during the workshop
and how we addressed them. Our aim is always to locate our work on
addressing sexual violence with young rural women within an ethics of nonviolence
rooted in and responsive to the context in which we work.