Seek Then Speak, a reporting, support, and resource tool for sexual assault victims is rolling out in Yavapai County, Arizona. The technology created by Voice, in partnership with End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), was recently featured in The Daily Courier in Prescott.
Yavapai College Police Chief Jerald Monahan, who is also the law enforcement liaison for EVAWI, demonstrated how the victim-focused portal Seek Then Speak works with the agency portal Victim Link to help sexual assault survivors gather information, explore options, and take action. Together, they break down traditional barriers of shame and fear through gradual dialogue on a multilingual platform (web, phone, or mobile app). Through the technology, survivors can also begin the process of reporting to law enforcement and/or connecting with local supportive services such as a rape crisis center.
Max Efrein, who wrote the Courier article, also spoke with Missy Sikora, director of the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, and Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher, about Seek Then Speak and Victim Link. Sikora highlighted the benefits of the technology enabling people to seek help and support anonymously online, saying it’s “just kind of meeting them where they’re at…”
Mascher said he hopes Seek Then Speak can help eliminate distrust some victims have so they can get help.
To read the full article, visit https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/aug/04/seek-then-speak-new-sexual-assault-recovery-report.
If you are a law enforcement agency or victim advocacy organization, you can apply for a one-year no cost subscription to Victim Link. One of the primary objectives of this grant is to increase access in underserved communities, so we particularly encourage campus, tribal, and rural or isolated communities to apply.
The no-cost subscription opportunity, which is supported by funding for the Office for Victims of Crime, is available for the following entities working in the United States, U.S. Territories, or Commonwealths:
• Law enforcement agencies with an established Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number. This includes city, country, state, tribal, military, and campus agencies
• Victim advocacy organizations that provide direct services, such as a rape crisis center or dual service agency for sexual assault and domestic violence. This includes campus or military services
• College or universities: Campus police or public safety departments (including Title IX coordinators) are eligible to apply if they have an ORI number, or if they partner with a city or county law enforcement agency that has one.
For more information about the no-cost subscription opportunity or to apply, visit https://www.ten8tech.com/victimlink/nocost.