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“No one tells you about the little things.
In reality, you end up doing it alone.”
YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a web companion for sexual assault survivors to support them throughout their journey towards recovery, whether they want to report their assault(s) or not.
Though information exists on what to do and where to go, it’s often fragmented and hard to navigate. Stigma, fear of being judged, and a lack of trust in institutions, especially among vulnerable groups, also contribute to survivors not coming forward.
Co-created with survivors, yana brings together timely and accurate information in one safe and accessible place.
yana’s recording tool provides a structured approach to logging details of the assault. This can significantly help a later investigation and may remove the need for survivors to repeat the same details to multiple authorities – something that we know can be traumatic. yana walks hand in hand with survivors through the reporting and justice process, and makes connections to support services.
In developing yana, survivors have been able to contribute to supporting others; something they have told us is an essential part of their recovery.
yana is part of Chayn – a global volunteer network that provides online resources to help survivors tackle gender-based violence. The prototype of YANA was funded by UK’s Department of Culture, Media & Sport and Nesta through the “Tech to Connect” challenge.
We’re keen to talk to sexual assault charities and support organisations about how we can work together – particularly on yana’s support information. This is a priority for us – we want to make sure only quality, accurate information makes it onto the platform. Please get in touch with us so we can discuss how we can collaborate.
Giving clarity and control when survivors need it the most, yana will be the world’s largest collaborative resource for survivors of sexual assault, launching initially in the UK and India.
yana will offer signposting to local shelters – including those supporting marginalised communities – sexual violence units, lawyers, therapists, digital services and more. There will be information on procedures for reporting so that survivors know what to expect but also alerts them if proper procedure is not followed.
Importantly, yana’s recording tool will provide a space for survivors to enter and save details of the incident. This can help a later investigation and save survivors the trouble of repeating details to multiple authorities.
If you’d like to get involved in supporting yana, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Survivors we tested the prototype with, told us they felt…
I own my story now.
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