Seek Then Speak: Technology Designed to Increase Reporting and Access to Services

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Duration
90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 21, 2022

Kim Lonsway
Kimberly A. Lonsway, PhD
Director of Research
EVAWI
Sheri Kurdakul
Sheri Kurdakul
Chief Executive Officer
VictimsVoice

Research indicates that only 1 in 5 victims of forcible rape will report the crime, precluding law enforcement from holding offenders accountable and decreasing the likelihood that survivors will connect with supportive services. To increase access to reporting, EVAWI partnered with VictimsVoice to create a new self-guided, online interviewing tool for sexual assault victims. First, survivors and their support people are offered information about sexual assault victimization and various options for reporting to police and accessing services (SEEK). If they choose, survivors can then begin the process of reporting to police 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 directly to the police department, or (4) provide to a sexual assault advocacy center to submit anonymously on the survivor’s behalf. If survivors are not yet ready to share their information but want to save it, they can also upload it to the VictimsVoice tool, where it will be securely stored until they are ready to release it. Survivors can access this second-generation of SEEK THEN SPEAK from any digital device, in 100 different languages, reducing barriers of language and accessibility.

Objectives

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

  • Describe the second-generation technology of SEEK THEN SPEAK, 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 sexual assault victims in your community.

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