The ten seconds that could save your life are just a touch away.
Kim G, Nadia S, Rachel J, Rhea D, Serena M
Our app is similar to a rape whistle on your phone. In order to activate it, you press one of two buttons, a red or a yellow one. This will initiate a timer which can be deactivated by the user at any time. If the timer runs to zero without the user manually deactivating it, it will send a text alert to a set of emergency contacts (inputted by user) with the location of the phone and an audio file. The premise of this app is that if the user was to be attacked in the period of time in which the timer was running, a set of trustworthy contacts would receive the last known location of the user and an audio file that could be used in police investigations that could hold important information, such as screaming or directions.
There are thousands of cases of sexual assaults and abductions that occur annually. When, or if, victims decide to report the incident of their assault, it is oftentimes hard to find physical proof that such an event had occurred. This makes it difficult for victims to come forward about their assaults due to the fact that there may not be much that law enforcement can do for them. Even with the limited help that legal forces can provide, there are still many cases in which the victim cannot be helped; these are instances when individuals are taken and/or killed by their assailant. Oftentimes, especially with minors, police will assume that abductions were runaway cases and the child is assumed dead within 3 hours of them going missing. These often lead to dead-end cases with no hope of finding the missing person. Moreover, many adults and children fear being in public alone due to the history of these events.
We believe that, as women transitioning into adulthood, we should not have to sacrifice our personal safety for independence. Our application creates a peace of mind for users in public as it takes preventative measures to help with reports of sexual assault/harassment. DRW collects information while in use and sends it to our server and databases. The emergency alert with location and audio is also sent to our database, which will eventually be accessible to law enforcement in order to help with police investigations almost immediately after collection.
As humans, we cannot always control what happens to us, especially in the case of unwanted physical assault. By using this app as a preemptive way to provide law enforcement with crucial information, the user's life could be saved. In the future, we hope to add more customizations to personalize the user's experience in terms of their privacy and feature configurations.
We originally wanted to create our mobile application on both iPhone and Android platforms. However, we soon learned that coding for iOS interface was extremely difficult, as it was in a new language called Swift which was nothing like the languages we dabbled in during the program. Since we were scared that this would inhibit us from having a product, we decided to use the MIT app inventor. In the end, we ended up having a fully functional Android application and iOS framework.
On our Android version, we had a hard time passing data between screens on MIT app inventor. We wanted to send messages to a list of contacts that came from another screen using a database. We did a lot of research and many days of trial and error until we found out that an app uses one database universally. Using tinyDB we were able to pass information from one screen to another.