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New app and website Launching Aug. 14th to “quickly connect victims and bystanders with support services for sexual assault and dating violence”

From the Mayor’s Office:

“The Mayor’s Office of Victim Services will join with community service providers, leading sexual assault prevention experts and law enforcement officials throughout the D.C. area, to launch a new, District-wide initiative to address sexual assault and dating violence through the use of technology.

For the first time, 33 life-saving assault response resources throughout the entire District have been united in an all-in-one tool for DC residents: the new Assault. Services. Knowledge. Washington, DC (ASK DC) mobile application and website. No other city or state has created a resource this comprehensive.

The new ASK DC app provides quick access to immediate medical help and law enforcement, 24-hour support hotlines and online chats, and District-specific community resources. As part of the ASK DC initiative, a series of trainings will be hosted throughout the city focusing on how to use the ASK DC app, bystander intervention strategies, and sexual assault response protocols. Training participants will include Capitol Hill staffers, law enforcement, other non-profits, local churches, deaf and hard-of-hearing, military families, and military personnel.

The app will launch on Wednesday August 14, 2013 during an event in the Press Office of the Mayor at 11a.m. ET.

WHY:

· To increase reporting of victimization, reduce the number of incidents among DC residents and raise awareness for vital community resources.

· Every 2 minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted.1

· The app provides an innovative model that can be replicated by other cities and states.

· In September 2012, the successful University Assault. Services. Knowledge. or U ASK App was launched, which compiled all the sexual assault and dating violence victims’ services for DC campuses.”

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