According to the United States Department of Justice, every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. However, sexual assault is under-reported. Globally, 95% of sexual assault cases are unreported, and at most, 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators end up in prison. Online anonymous third-party reporting systems (O-TPRSs) are being developed to encourage reporting of sexual assaults and to apprehend serial offenders. We conducted focus groups and interviews with participants who are sexual assault survivors, support workers, or both. We asked questions related to participants’ concerns with trusting an O-TPRS. Our results suggest that participants had technological and emotional concerns that are related to survivors’ security and privacy. In this talk, I will discuss survivors’ concerns with trusting and using an O-TPRS and provide insights into the challenges of designing O-TPRSs to increase the reporting of sexual assault.
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Borke is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Borke obtained her Master’s degree in Computer Science from Carleton University. Her research interests are usable security and privacy, human-computer interaction, and designing for people, and she has published papers in top-tier HCI and usable security and privacy conferences. Borke’s current research focuses on how technological solutions can be designed to provide support for sexual assault survivors without facilitating re-victimization.