Can Apps Prevent Sexual Assault? Enter the White House Contest!
[One of the things I worry obsessively about, and wish I didn’t, is my daughter’s safety. Because she’s at a large university I worry particularly about sexual assault. Maybe an app where she could text her friends in risky situations would help? Audrey Watters at ReadWriteWeb unveils an innovative contest by the White House to do precisely that. Do you think it can work?--Mona]
Young women face the highest rate of dating violence and sexual assault, with nearly 19% - one in five - women reporting they have experienced sexual assault while in college. The Obama Administration believes that one way to help combat sexual abuse on college campuses may be through mobile phone apps, and with the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced a contest to help develop these tools to help promote student safety.
The contest is called Apps Against Abuse and it's part of the administration's Challenge.gov program, whereby the federal government issues a challenge and people build apps and crowdsourced solutions.