Only in America could they come up with an anti-Rape app for your phone, and there are quite a few to choose from. How an app is going to save you from being raped, over programming a triple 0 call with the press of one button, I am not sure, but here is some information on the latest apps of this kind. The Circle of Six app is based on connecting you to six friends who will be ever vigilantly on alert for you and come to your aid when required. Designed to help protect college students in the US against date rape, it was the winner of a design award for Apps Against Abuse put up by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Circle of Six provides three different types of alert to be sent out to your nominated six rescuers. The first shows a car icon and messages your white knights (not a phrase you would readily utilise in the US) to come and pick you up, and it provides a GPS location. The effectiveness of this would be determined by your commitment to never use this excepting for the desired anti-rape purpose, and not to accidentally touch this icon by mistake; one thinks of the little boy who cried wolf too often. The second alert symbolised by a phone icon messages your 6 friends to call you, giving you an excuse to not get raped, because you just have to take this calls or half dozen calls. The third alert icon looks like a conversation bubble and sends a text message to all six guardians saying, “I’m looking up information about healthy relationships and respect. Just letting you know.” The subtlety of this tactic is predicated on a fairly benign threat, I would imagine, and you would not want to overuse this, as some reviewers have stated, because you might be looking for six new friends pretty quickly.
Moving the focus of this article outside of university campuses and into the parlours of escorts and working girls, who may be confronted with an unwanted client, violent or refusing to pay in advance, what could an app do to help? Guardly another app recently reviewed offers a 10 second countdown before contacting all of your emergency contacts via text, email and phone calls; until you disable it. As with the previous app it is dependent upon the supporting audience you have ready to come to your aid. A sex worker, may have a boyfriend, driver, or network of working girls able to get emergency police help to you in time. The chance of misusing this app is also high and this would have a disastrous affect on a sex worker, and her innocent client, if the police burst in unexpectedly with guns at the ready.
bSafe has been reviewed as the best in the anti-rape app category, as it also automatically starts recording sound and video. This feature may be useful when it comes to proving and prosecuting rape by providing evidence. It also can set off a siren, send emergency calls and text messages, and shows your GPS location and time stamp. These apps may not be able to save a sex worker from rape but bSafe may help convict a rapist.