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Phone App Helps Keep Women Safe

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by Greg Jensen on July 18, 2011

19% of women report experiencing sexual assault while in college. The typical attacker is someone the victim knows, who gets the victim alone and vulnerable.

But what if technology could change that? The U.S. Government is jumping in to create mobile apps that help prevent violence against women. Imagine a useful tool you can use on your phone, from anywhere, to reach out and get the help you need when you need it most. The Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are collaborating with Vice President Joe Biden’s office to create an app to make it easier to connect with “trusted friends in real time to prevent abuse or violence from occurring.”

While the application will serve a social function of helping people stay in touch with their friends, it will also allow friends to keep track of each others’ whereabouts and check in frequently to avoid being isolated in vulnerable circumstances. . . The primary users of the application may include (but are not limited to) college/university students, residential advisors, sorority or fraternity members, and young men and women who would like to be role models and promote prevention in our communities.

Best of all? This is a project that you can help show your support for by “supporting” the challenge right here on Challenge.org.