Experiencing technology abuse and harassment makes you 2 times as likely to be physically abused, 2.5 times as likely to be psychologically abused, and 5 times as likely to be sexually coerced.[1]
CALCASA in partnership with Break the Cycle are pleased to announce the launch of the Cyber Abuse Project (CAP).
The Cyber Abuse Project (CAP) is a national training and technical assistance project that addresses the use/misuse of technology in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking (including cyberstalking) cases. CAP resources aim to support the work of criminal justice professionals, including law enforcement, campus safety staff, school resource officers, and school administrators in their response to these types of cases.
1 in 6 teens with a cell phone have received a sexually suggestive image or video of someone they know.[2]
In a CAP podcast series episode, guests share their experiences of cyber harassment/abuse, its long-term impact, and how campus law enforcement and administrators can best support victims. Additional episodes share law enforcement strategies to investigate these resource intensive cases, intervention tools and evidentiary considerations. There is also a great conversation on cyber abuse, Title IX and the first amendment.
Visit the CAP webpage to access research, webinars, podcasts, events, and other resources at: https://www.breakthecycle.org/cyber-abuse-project
The more campus law enforcement and administrators know and are equipped to respond to the use/misuse of technology in perpetuating gender-based violence, the safer campuses will be on and offline for students. Together we can end cyber abuse.
[1] Zweig, J., Dank, M., The Urban Institute, & United States of America. (2013). Teen Dating Abuse and Harassment in the Digital World: Implications for Prevention and Intervention. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.
[2] Lenhardt, A. (2009). “Teens and sexting.” A Pew Internet & American Life Project Report, Retrieved July 4 (2009): 2010.