The Obama administration has harnessed mobile technology to help combat sexual assault among young women.
Circle of Six
The Circle of Six app works by allowing women to quickly access their six closest contacts in uncomfortable or unsafe situations. With just two taps of a finger, Circle of Six allows someone to tell the six people closest to them things like "Come and get me. I need help getting home safely" or "Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption." An emergency button automatically calls the Love Is Not Abuse help line.
Like Circle of Six, OnWatch allows users to reach out to emergency contacts quickly and easily, but with a few added bells and whistles. OnWatch has a special "campus security" button that allows college students direct access to campus police with two taps. If OnWatch users are in immediate danger, they can hit the "panic" button. Not only will that immediately dial 911, it will also send text messages and emails to your designated friend group letting them know you're in trouble and giving them your phone's GPS coordinates.
Both apps, which will be available in early 2012, are customizable to fit the needs of the user. And they'll both be free and potentially lifesaving, so if you own a smartphone, you really can't afford to not use them.