A Systemization of Knowledge on the Dual Nature of Technology in Providing Support to Sexual Assault Survivors

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in sexual assault incidents. Research shows that when there are disasters and economic meltdowns, there is usually a spike in sexual assaults. The world is experiencing both a pandemic and economic downturn. With self-isolation, social distancing, and the stay-at-home orders, the use of technology to provide support to survivors is now more critical than ever before. However, the use of technology could be a double-edged sword. Using technology to support survivors could sometimes increase the risk for survivors. Our research aims to provide a systemization of knowledge on research involving the use of technology to support survivors. Based on our findings, we can identify technological gaps and develop guidelines on how technology can better support these vulnerable populations during these unprecedented times and beyond.

Intern: 
Borke Obada-Obieh
Faculty Supervisor: 
Konstantin Beznosov
Province: 
British Columbia
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