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Why this app?

• More than 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted.

• Men can be victims of sexual assault too.

• No matter how you identify on the sexuality and gender spectrum, whether you're in a relationship, or hooking up for the first time, everyone has the right to say no and the right to be treated with respect.

• The Circle of 6 App is for everyone.

What it does

•You're out late and you lose track of your friends. Use Circle of 6 to send your circle a "come and get me" message- with a map using GPS to show your precise location.

•You're on a date and it starts to get uncomfortable. You need a polite way to excuse yourself. Use Circle of 6 to alert your circle to call you and interrupt the situation.

• You're seeing someone new, but you have some doubts about how things are going. Use circle of 6 to access a wealth of online information about healthy relationships.

• In critical situations, use Circle of 6 to call pre-programmed national hotlines or a local emergency number of your choice.


• Going out?

• Whether you're meeting up with a stranger or just taking a midnight stroll, give Kitestring a heads up

• Check in via SMS

• Kitestring checks up on you with a simple text message. Reply to the message to check in

• Stay Connected

• If you don't check in, Kitestring sends your emergency contacts a personalized alert message

• Nothing to download

• You don't even need a smartphone 


• A multi-feature app designed to quell safety concerns as you travel. While the app requires you to register one primary contact, users can add an unlimited number of friends. Highlights of the app include a “Follow Me” feature, which enables users’ guardians or friends to track their journey in real-time using GPS technology, and an “I’m Here” feature, which alerts contacts when a user has arrived at their destination.

• There is also an S.O.S. feature, and a timer feature which triggers an alarm when users do not check-in on time. A video recording begins once the alarm is activated to collect evidence of a possible crime.


• The pervasiveness of street harassment can make sidewalks seem like gauntlets. With cat-callers leering and, at times, groping at women, it’s easy to leave these claustrophobic spaces feeling afraid or ashamed.

• Hollaback! seeks to project that shame back on street harassers. The app allows users to instantly report harassment and pinpoint exactly where it occurred. Users also have the option to upload a photo of the incident.

• While Hollaback! may not have built-in alert systems like the others, it predicates on an important idea undergirding the anti-violence discussion: The importance of standing up and sharing our experiences.


• Looking for a more discreet app? Guardly may be your go-to. This one-tap app lets users add up to 15 contacts and create separate networks based on situation or location.

• With GPS technology and network failure protection, Guardly works by allowing users to send one-way alerts to their contacts in the event of an emergency. College students should sign up with Guardly using their school email address. Upon registration, Guardly will connect students with campus police if they set off an emergency alert on campus.