Towards Understanding Privacy and Trust in Online Reporting of Sexual Assault

Borke Obada-Obieh ; Lucrezia Spagnolo ; Konstantin Beznosov

01 June 2020

Abstract: According to the United States Department of Justice, every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. However, sexual assault is under-reported. Globally, 95% of sexual assault cases are unreported, and at most, 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators end up in prison. Online anonymous third-party reporting systems (O-TPRSs) are being developed to encourage reporting of sexual assaults and to apprehend serial offenders. This paper reports survivors’ concerns with trusting and using an O-TPRS. We conducted focus groups and interviews with 35 participants who are sexual assault survivors, support workers, or both. We asked questions related to participants’ concerns with trusting an O-TPRS. Our results suggest that participants had technological and emotional concerns that are related to survivors’ security and privacy. We provide insights into the challenges of designing O-TPRSs to increase the reporting of sexual assault.

Keyword(s): sexual assault ; usable security ; usable privacy ; survivors ; technology ; O-TPRS ; P-TPRS ; IPV ; intimate partner violence ; HCI ; trust ; sexual violence ; online technology

Published in: Borke Obada-Obieh, Lucrezia Spagnolo, and Konstantin Beznosov. "Towards Understanding Privacy and Trust in Online Reporting of Sexual Assault." In Proceedings of the Sixteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security ({SOUPS} 2020.:

The record appears in these collections:
Refereed Conference Papers
Usable Security

 Record created 2020-06-23, last modified 2020-06-23

Download fulltext

Rate this document:

Rate this document:
(Not yet reviewed)