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Using software to prevent sexual assault at work

By Dave McGurgan

Recode staff writer April Glaser makes a strong case for creating an anonymous reporting system that would provide victims of sexual assault at work a way to report accusations more effectively.

“Perpetrators can get away with attacking so many because often when individuals report these crimes, they are ignored or discredited … There’s strength (and credibility) in numbers, after all, but victims have few ways to connect with one another. We can fix this.”

Glaser’s vision resembles existing campus-­based reporting tools and addresses many complexities victims of sexual assault face including financial dependence on their abuser, fear of retribution, being ignored or discredited or further harassed in retaliation for reporting an incident. And it also would help employers and HR managers investigate accusations, review evidence and identify if other events have occurred.

“There are stories like the Brock Turner case and others in the media that make it very clear that the system is just not there to support survivors,” says Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, the director of Sexual Violence Legal Services at the YWCA. Online organizing could make prosecutions easier. “When it’s ‘he said, she said, she said, she said’ and multiple victims are willing to testify,” Mukhopadhyay says, “it can really help the case move through the criminal justice system.”

How Simple Software Could Help Prevent Sexual Assault [April Glaser, Wired]