Universities Turn To Smartphone Apps To Help Sexual Assault Survivors

Loyola University in Chicago has an iPhone app, called “Here for You,” to help students who experience sexual assault. | Wikimedia Commons

Too many victims of sexual assault don’t receive the help they need when they need it. Some universities are trying to solve that problem with a tool familiar to tech-savvy students — the smartphone application.

Loyola University in Chicago has created one of the first such mobile apps tailored to its local community. The “Here for You” iPhone app connects students to gender-based violence services and resources on campus and in the Chicago area, and helps victims to quickly report assaults. It also attempts to dispel myths about sexual violence and gives advice for speaking with friends who may be survivors.

The Chicago school launched its app this academic year, encouraging freshmen to download it during orientation.

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