‘Seek Then Speak’ now available for sexual assault victims in Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. Seek Then Speak is a service provided through a grant from End Violence Against Women International to help sexual assault victims receive treatment and services.

“We want the survivors of sexual assault to focus on their care, their treatment and what they need to do in order to get through this ordeal and let the law enforcement professionals take care of moving it through investigation and prosecution," Alachua County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Brandon Kutner said. “We want to be in partner[ship] with the victim not necessarily taking over the investigation. We want reports to increase but we want them to increase on the terms of the victims not the terms of the law enforcement officer.”

The program helps survivors explore their options while remaining anonymous until they choose to make contact with law enforcement.

“We understand that this is a traumatic experience. We want to make sure that the victim not only successfully prosecutes the case but that they receive all the services that they require from our rape crisis center partnerships through the medical exam and even through after trial because this will stay with them for the rest of their lives," Kutner said. "We want to make sure that they understand that they are services out there for them.”

The service is available in several languages to increase victim access and can be downloaded as an app for Androids and iOS.

Visit www.SeekThenSpeak.org for resources or call 888-865-9863.