Tovia Smith. The vast majority of survivors of sexual assaults and harassment never report what happened to them. But now " there's an app for that. For all the MeToo allegations that have come pouring out in the past year, sexual assaults and harassment are still underreported.
How technology can be used to combat sexual harassment
Her Rescue App Summons Help for Victims of Sexual Harassment | Rising Stars | OZY
Women get sexually harassed the world over, but in Egypt, the statistics are particularly unnerving: For Shadw Helal, a year-old medical student at Cairo University, the problem turned personal last year when a friend was walking in the city and was suddenly surrounded by six men. She managed to run away, but the fear lingered for weeks. Moved by the incident, Helal decided to create Rescue, a mobile app women can use to issue alerts when they feel unsafe, summoning rescuers to come to their aid. She was aware of an app aimed at fighting harassment called Street Pal, which allows users to notify a trusted contact in threatening situations, but Helal wanted to go broader by notifying not one person but a group of volunteer rescuers in the vicinity.
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Photo by Cloud Studio via Stocksy. For women and girls living in India, the threat or reality of sexual violence is ever present in daily life. According to an ActionAid report released on Friday, almost four out of five have experienced some form of sexual harassment or violence in public. And even if they're lucky enough not to directly encounter sexual violence, the effects of living in a society where women are conditioned to fear sexual assault are hugely damaging.
On Tuesday, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein walked into a crowded Manhattan courtroom and pleaded not guilty to charges of rape. In the era of MeToo, women are seeking out ways to share their stories. Some, however, have had more success than others.