“This gives victims a safe and flexible way to learn and take action,” said Anthony Zenkus, director of education at The Safe Center.
Kings Point, New York (PRWEB) May 30, 2017
Kings Point Police Department and The Safe Center are offering a new tool called Seek Then Speak to help more sexual assault victims engage with local recovery and reporting resources.
Kings Point Police Department intends to stop the cycle of silence caused by the traditional barriers of shame and fear that keep victims of sexual assault from getting help. Many confide in a friend or family member, but most miss the important step of engaging with local recovery and reporting options.
A survivor can engage with Seek Then Speak through a multilingual speech-enabled system, mobile app, or an interactive web portal. No matter how they connect, they experience a gradual and supportive dialogue as this intelligent system helps them understand what happened and explore their options, privately and securely. If a victim desires to engage with local victim services and/or law enforcement, local responders are notified electronically.
“This gives victims a safe and flexible way to learn and take action,” said Anthony Zenkus, director of education at The Safe Center. “We hope that those victims who are more comfortable getting information before speaking with a live person will connect with us through Seek Then Speak for help.”
Seek Then Speak is available to anyone by visiting http://www.SeekThenSpeak.com, calling 888-865-9863, or by downloading the “Seek Then Speak” mobile app (Android and iOS). It is the victim-facing part of a new platform called Victim Link, co-developed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) and Ten8Tech.
About The Safe Center
The mission of The Safe Center is to protect, assist and empower victims of family violence and sexual assault while challenging and changing social systems that tolerate and perpetuate abuse. The Safe Center provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, teen dating violence, and commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. Website: http://www.tscli.org
About Kings Point Village Police Department
Kings Point PD serves approximately 5,131 residents including the staff and midshipmen of the US Merchant Marine Academy. Website: http://www.villageofkingspoint.org.
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