Denver Police Department launches Seek Then Speak to help local sexual assault survivors link with resources

    Posted by Voice on Aug 22, 2018 3:03:57 PM

    The Denver Police Department is among a growing list of law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy organizations across the nation bringing Seek Then Speak resources to help sexual assault survivors in their communities.

    By bringing SeekThenSpeak.org to the Denver area, sexual assault victims have instant access to a resource that can help them gather information about what happened, explore their options, and take action, including the option to begin filing a report.

    Seek Then Speak is a multilingual platform that can be accessed from the web, phone, or mobile app. It guides survivors through a gradual dialogue that helps them explore what’s happened and learn more about available services, including connecting with a local rape crisis center or filing a police report. Seek Then Speak allows users to remain anonymous during the information gathering phase until they choose to connect directly with the Denver Police Victim Specialists or Denver Police Sexual Assault Detectives.

    In a press release about Seek Then Speak, the police department acknowledged it can be difficult for survivors when a police officer shows up to take a report. There are also other barriers that prevent some victims from making a report. Seek Then Speak provides alternatives solutions for some of these challenges and offer survivors an additional resource for information gathering and support.

    As a Seek Then Speak agency, residents in and around Denver can access Seek Then Speak by going to Denvergov.org/police and clicking on the Seek Then Speak icon, by going directly to seekthenspeak.org, by calling 888-865-9863, or by downloading the Seek Then Speak app for Apple or Android mobile devices.

    Seek Then Speak was developed in partnership with Voice, a technology company that creates automated communications platforms for public service, and End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). It is the victim-focused component that works hand-in-hand with the agency-facing technology Victim Link. Victim Link is used by law enforcement, victim advocacy organizations, and campus Title IX offices to link directly with survivors who have indicated through the Seek Then Speak portal that they are ready to connect to a partner agency for resources or support.

    Seek Then Speak is an extension of the Start by Believing campaign, which was created by EVAWI to improve community responses to sexual assault. The City of Denver has been a Start by Believing community since 2015.

    To learn more about Seek Then Speak, visit www.seekthenspeak.org. If you are a member of a law enforcement agency, college Title IX office, or victim advocacy organization and would like to know more about Victim Link, visit www.victimlink.com.

    Through EVAWI and funding supported by the Office for Victims of Crime, eligible agencies may qualify to receive a one-year, no-cost Victim Link subscription for free. To find out if you qualify, visit www.victimlink.com/nocost.

    To see if your community has joined the Seek Then Speak movement, check out our agency map.

    Topics: sexual assault, EVAWI, Victim Link, Seek Then Speak