Seek Then Speak: Online Interviewing Tool for Sexual Assault Survivors

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 12, 2023

Kim Lonsway
Kimberly A. Lonsway, PhD
Director of Research, EVAWI
Alison Forsyth
Alison Forsyth
Crime Victim Advocate
Victoria Pickering
Victoria Pickering
Director of Advocacy, MOCSA
Erica Oldham
Sergeant Erica Oldham
Kansas City Police Department

Only 1 in 5 rape victims report the crime, precluding law enforcement from holding offenders accountable and decreasing the chance of connecting with advocacy and other services. To increase access to reporting and services, EVAWI partnered with EBinRA to create a self-guided, online interviewing tool for sexual assault victims.

Survivors and support people are offered information about sexual assault victimization and options for reporting to police and accessing services (SEEK). If they choose, survivors can begin the process of reporting to law enforcement by providing information in response to trauma-informed interview prompts (SPEAK).

The tool generates a PDF the survivor can: (1) save on their own device, (2) print, (3) email to the police department, or (4) provide to a sexual assault advocacy center to submit on the survivor’s behalf.

Survivors can access SEEK THEN SPEAK from any digital device, in 100 different languages, reducing barriers of language and accessibility. Come hear from professionals in communities that have adopted SEEK THEN SPEAK, on both professional and survivor experiences using the tool, as well as lessons learned, and future directions.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe SEEK THEN SPEAK, an interactive online tool helping sexual assault survivors and their support people gather information and explore options.
  • Explain how sexual assault survivors can use the new tool to begin the process of reporting to law enforcement by completing a self-guided interview.
  • Consider how this new tool could increase access to reporting and supportive services for survivors in your community.

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