I work with victims and see them feeling anxious and unfairly treated by the police – as if they are the ones being investigated
As someone who has supported and advocated for survivors of sexual abuse within the criminal justice system for more than 10 years, I have witnessed how victims of rape and sexual abuse have become subject to “digital strip searches”. Since the collapse of a small number of high-profile rape trials due to failures in disclosure of digital evidence, it has become routine for the police to require victims to grant them access to their mobile phone and other digital data in order to take the case forward.
My job as an independent sexual violence adviser is to provide support and guidance to anyone reporting rape or sexual abuse as they make their way through the criminal justice system. In the last couple of years, we have witnessed a very worrying escalation in digital disclosure requests by the police.
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“We’ve been there, experienced that. Trauma, Pain, Abuse & Rape. These are the lessons that we brought back.”
–Tonya GJ Prince has been a leading subject matter expert (SME) in domestic violence and sexual violence.
For over 25 years she has helped people heal, prevent, and overcome domestic and sexual violence.
In order to accomplish this mission, she founded several diverse & inclusive platforms designed to allow Survivors to use their own voices including;
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Tonya is an author, activist, advocate, Survivor, speaker, counselor, & mentor.
B.S. Organizational Management & Development/Bluefield College
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