ASK and U ASK
ASK (Assault. Services. Knowledge.) is a new initiative aimed at making resources for survivors of violence more widely known in a community and easier to access through technology. Part of this program is U ASK (University Assault. Services. Knowledge.), aimed at making resources more available to college students across different campuses. ASK and U ASK can unite the resources of a city or community in one easy-to-use resource that is available as a website and a mobile phone application. The first iterations are ASK DC and U ASK Washington, DC (see article below for more information), and the program is available to be adapted in other locations. Please us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information about ASK or U ASK and how to start the programs in your city, community, or college/university.

ASK DC

ASK (Assault. Services. Knowledge.) DC is a District-wide initiative bringing together victim service providers, public officials, military personnel, the medical community, law enforcement, violence prevention experts, universities and advocates throughout the community to offer sexual assault response resources for victims of violence.The initiative centers on the launch of a new resource, the ASK DC app, a free, first-of-its-kind mobile application and website that combines 33 support resources available to victims of sexual assault and dating/domestic violence in the D.C. area in one, easily accessible place. The ASK DC app is not just for assault victims; the bystander tools and resources provided can be used by anyone to direct a friend, family member or a colleague who may have experienced sexual assault to the help they need.

The ASK DC app contains a variety of resources for victims of sexual assault and dating/domestic
violence, including:
o Talk with Someone – Connects users with medical professionals, sexual assault support advocates, counselors and local police, all available to provide 24/7 support.
o Get Help in the City – Includes contact information for all the follow up services available to victims in D.C., from legal services to counseling and reporting resources for victims and their friends, including the deaf and hard-of-hearing, military personnel, college students, Spanish speakers and speakers of 26 different Asian languages.
o Get an Advocate – Instantly connects users to the Network for Victim Recovery DC who will send a confidential advocate to meet victims at the hospital and assist them with every step of the exam, reporting and recovery process.
o Get Medical Help – Includes directions by car and public transit, as well as options for taxis and free transportation to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The app also gives advice on what to expect in a forensic exam, do’s and don’ts, tips for friends and bystanders on how to support victims and more.

The ASK DC app is free and available for download in the iTunes App Store, Google Play Store, or Blackberry Appworld. Resources can also be accessed online at www.askdc.org. The app is 100% confidential with no identifying information collected, shared or stored.

Media Coverage:

NBC Washington

ABC 7 Washington

The Washington Post

Univision

Washington Business Journal

DCist

Government Technology

 
U ASK Washington, DC

U ASK Washington, DC, is an all-in-one resource that guides college students in the District of Columbia in responding to sexual assault. For the first time, resources and information from all eight universities and 19 community organizations are available in one place to create the ultimate resource for students, their friends and families, and school staff. The U ASK website and smart phone application are being used to raise awareness about on-campus and off-campus resources, create discussion about sexual assault on campus, and augment the outreach and service efforts of campus and community service providers.

The website and phone applications provide many resources to students in crisis and their friends and family. U ASK gives users pertinent crisis contact information (phone and internet chat resources, as well as an option to call 911) and information on DC's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, including how to prepare for the exam and how to get to the hospital best suited for treatment of sexual assault survivors and collection of evidence should a survivor decide to report.

U ASK also provides many crisis and post-crisis resources for students at their specific school. These schools include American University, Catholic University, Corcoran School of Art + Design, Gallaudet University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Howard University, Trinity Washington University, and the University of the District of Columbia. On-campus resources listed for all schools include campus safety or police, confidential counseling, housing and academic accommodations, student code of conduct complaint advocacy, and student health center. Some schools may also have listed confidential advocates, Women’s Centers, and LGBTQ resources.

U ASK gives students and their friends and families many options and resources in the Washington, DC, community for victims and survivors of sexual assault. These off-campus resources include follow-up medical services, legal services, services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and services for ESL and international students.

The U ASK Washington, DC website can be found at www.uaskdc.org. The app can be downloaded from the U ASK Washington, DC website or by searching "U ASK DC" on the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store.

Media Coverage:

Associated Press

The Christian Science Monitor

The George Washington University Hatchet

In The Capital

Examiner.com

Washington Post

WAMU NPR

MIX 107.3

WMAL

Buzzfeed

NBC Washington (Video)

Voice of Russia (Radio Interview)

Al-Jazeera (Video)