NEW YORK (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Statistics about rape in this country are unpleasant: every 2 minutes a woman is raped; 1 in 5 women will become a victim of sexual assault; 75 percent of assaults are committed by someone the woman knows; 38 percent are attacked by a man they thought was their friend.
Nancy Schwartzman says she was 24 and had just graduated college. “My assault was acquaintance rape,” she told Ivanhoe.
Through healing, she shared her story and realized she wasn’t alone. “I became really the receptacle for so many people’s stories,” she said.
Her experiences lead her to create Circle of 6, an app that allows women to stay connected with each other at all times and stay safe. It’s an app aimed at stopping sexual assault.
“You choose six friends, type them in, and then its group messaging,” she said.
The app’s colors and designs make a call for help discreet. “When you don’t have privacy or someone’s looking, you’re kind of safe to reach out without being super obvious about it,” she said.
There are three main functions, including GPS. There’s also the call-and-interrupt-me function, nicknamed the bad date button. And there’s a section with hotlines to address dating violence.
“So it kind of breaks the silence around that issue without being too aggressive about it,” she said.
Schwartzman says there are nearly 100,000 users in 32 countries, and the app is free.
Circle of 6 is the winner of the White House’s “Apps against Abuse” Technology Challenge.
You can download the app for free at www.circleof6app.com.