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Technology Safety

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The fast growth of phone and Internet technologies has made technology more and more a part of our everyday life. Technology changes how we think, how we work and how we relate to each other.

Technology has been used in so many different ways in our movement. We see sexual assault programs continually increase their online presence by establishing websites, and/or participating on MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter…etc. We see victims/survivors of sexual violence reaching out through technology to gain access to information. We see new victim services programs such as the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) being used to provide notifications about offenders' release to crime victims via phone or email, and we see how GPS has been used to monitor sex offenders.

It is important to understand that although technology offers new opportunities to provide resources and support to victims/survivors and to increase community safety, it can also be misused by abusers, give a false sense of security, and have dire consequences in the event of technology failure.

As you read through this information and integrate it into your work, bear in mind that technology itself is just a tool. The dynamics of sexual assault, the behavior of offenders, and our own strategies to end sexual assault are still based on the same truths - what has changed is the speed and broader reach made possible through technologies.

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Reviewed: July 11th, 2016