I Believe You is a crowdsourced global movement that empowers survivors of sexual assault by giving them an anonymous platform to share their experiences as well as an aggregated hub of localized resources to seek help.

TYPICAL USER FLOW: Web App: Visit web app, be greeted by supportive greeting Close greeting, see pins of stories and resources at the user’s location

View and filter stories Filter stories by content, identity Stories are not automatically expanded to avoid triggering Contribute story Submit story based on prompting questions, add tags based on user’s identity (completely optional), add location (coordinates randomized for further anonymity) Option to post to Facebook if the user consents View resources View resources’ names and contact information near the user’s locale

Click on Safe Exit button whenever the user needs to leave

Facebook: Like local page, see anonymized stories

CONCERNS WE ADDRESS: Privacy: We don’t collect any identifying information about the submitter (no emails, phone numbers, names, etc) We only collect location data, further randomized to create a fuzzy heat map of incidents. We only post completely anonymous stories to Facebook if the User Safe Exit button in case user is under stress and needs to hide the fact that they’re getting help Simplicity: The one-page web app welcomes the user with a supportive greeting and immediately displays a map of local stories and resources Users can toggle between viewing either stories or resources or both Globalization: The database has been seeded with a preliminary list or resources around the world based on an algorithm. The algorithm looks for sexual assault centres, and where there is none, looks for women’s hospitals since hospitals will most likely have rape kits as well as contact information for counsellors if not counsellors themselves Each localized region has different support systems in place. While our database provides a preliminary list, survivors as well as counsellors can input information about other sources of help that they have benefitted from.

REMOVING BARRIERS TO REPORTING Social: anonymized stories can encourage more survivors to view reporting as an act of heroism Maybe they don’t want to tell people they know personally but still want to receive support Technological: survivors no longer have to be internet savvy to be able to find resources near them Google search can be intimidating to navigate so we provide a curated list of verified resources Legal: from stories of other people getting help, the survivor can get a better picture of what to expect when they report to the authorities, what kinds of rights they have

UPCOMING FEATURES Add “I believe you” button to the bottom of each post so that the poster can feel that their experiences are validated

Add SMS integration so that survivors from parts of the world that do not have widespread internet access can also post their stories as well as get information about resources near them

Filter resources by whether they offer special a11y services

Make web app a11y compatible and flag resource centers as handicap- and translator-friendly

Make it possible for victims to take down their stories anonymously

Translate form questions using Google Translate, tag stories by language

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