App Helps Victims Report Sexual Assault Anonymously in D.C.
A new app launched last week in Washington, D.C., assists victims of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence. Users can report incidents anonymously and find other helpful resources.
The free app, called ASK DC (short for Assault. Services. Knowledge.) is a joint effort between Mayor Vincent Gray’s Office of Victim Services and nonprofit organization Men Can Stop Rape. Once downloaded, users can access 33 assault-response resources including medical, law enforcement, 24-hour support hotlines and more in the D.C. area.
The app is part of a larger, districtwide initiative that includes a website and training materials intended to help raise community awareness about sexual assault and dating violence.
“The ASK DC app is not just for assault victims,” according to a statement from Men Can Stop Rape. “The bystander tools and resources provided can be used by anyone to direct a friend, family member or a colleague who may have experienced sexual assault to the help they need.”