App supports survivors of recent sexual assault

An app designed to support survivors of recent sexual assault showed promise in an initial study, and could be tested on college campuses next.

"THRIVE is an app that helps recent sexual assault survivors learn and practice coping skills that can help with the healing process," said Emily Dworkin, an assistant professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "Sexual assault is one of the most psychologically harmful forms of trauma, and its effects can last for months or even years. And we know that delivering interventions early can help with this recovery process, but these interventions can be really hard to access."

Dworkin says an expanded trial of the THRIVE app is slated to begin next year, and aims to enroll hundreds of survivors within three months of their assault.

Learn more about the app in our news release.

Download broadcast-ready soundbites on the THRIVE app.


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