A 2015 Department of Defense study discovered that greater than 20,000 members of the navy ― each women and men ― had been sexually assaulted within the 12 months prior. The problem was highlighted within the 2012 documentary, The Invisible War, as properly.

Now, the US Navy is taking a brand new strategy to stopping on-duty sexual assault: it has invested $150,000 in a smartphone app, LiveSafe, that was initially created to forestall on-campus gun violence. The Navy lately started a six-month trial with the app for junior-enlisted sailors in Rota, Spain and Hampton Roads in Virginia. 

By means of the LiveSafe app, sailors can ship their location to a pal in the event that they’re strolling house late and the pal can nearly “stroll house” with them. It additionally permits customers to report suspicious exercise to their superiors (with the choice to stay nameless), and entry counseling or emergency medical companies with the push of a button. 

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Kori Cioca, former US Coast Guard member and alleged sexual assault sufferer, at a press convention in 2011. She was featured within the 2013 documentary The Invisible Warfare.  

The app was launched in 2014, partially as a response to the tragic 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Kristina Anderson, who survived the capturing, wished to create a platform for folks to speak any suspicious exercise in hopes of stopping related assaults. 

LiveSafe CEO Carolyn Dad or mum informed The Huffington Put up that the app has made it simpler for folks to report something suspicious and to entry security assets. After the Virginia Tech capturing, she stated, many individuals had been conscious of the shooter’s behavioral red flags however didn’t know what to do about it. With LiveSafe, college students can anonymously textual content any tricks to campus security officers (amongst many different options).

The Arlington-based app has been picked up not simply at Virginia Tech, however at different Virginia-based universities resembling Outdated Dominion and James Madison, in addition to corporations and schools across the nation, to forestall on-campus violence. LiveSafe customizes the app with every group’s wants. 


The house web page on the LiveSafe app.


The monitoring function on the LiveSafe app. 

Dad or mum believes that the US Navy will profit from the app as a lot as different establishments have.

“That is actually all about prevention,” she informed HuffPost. She stated that the funding in a preventative app like LiveSafe outweighs the emotional and monetary price of getting to answer an occasion of sexual assault that has already occurred.

“The prices of investigation, authorized, companies, time away from work…all of it prices a fortune, on high of a severely traumatic occasion,” she stated.

However with LiveSafe, these occurrences will hopefully diminish.

LiveSafe is free to obtain, and out there on Android and Apple units. If the US Navy sees success with the platform throughout its six-month trial, it’ll roll out the app for its members in additional areas. 

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