4 Free Safety Apps For College Women

Safety Apps

Female Safety in Today's WorldRecently, the hashtag#YesAllWomen has offered a counter-testimony to the hateful “manifesto” written by Elliott Rodger, who carried out a mass murder spree in Santa Barbara, Calif. last month.

In the manifesto, Rodger promised his revenge against all women for forcing him to live in what he called “an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires.”

The hashtag also countered the #NotAllMen argument, which delegitimizes the experiences of sexual assault survivors by pinning these incidents to deviant men rather than the patriarchal culture that underpins male entitlement to the female body.

Perhaps one of the most chilling #YesAllWomen tweets was the following:

Emily:

Because every single woman I know has a story about a man feeling entitled to access to her body. Every. Single. One. #YesAllWomen

The amount interest in the hashtag points to a blatant truth: Sexual assault and street harassment are far too common. But with our phones constantly glued to our hands, there are tools available that can make us safer.

These four free safety apps could help prevent sexual assault, harassment or dangerous encounters in any situation — even if you’re just walking to your car in a dark parking lot.

1. bSafe 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 this safety 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.

2. Circle of 6 Designed specifically to combat sexual assault and interpersonal violence, this app allows users to select six friends to form a trust circle. The app uses GPS location and comes with automated messages — including “Come and get me. I need help getting home safely” and “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption” — to provide interference in a potentially distressing situation.

There’s also a built-in hotline, which allows users to specify the nature of their emergency.

3. Hollaback!  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.

4. Guardly 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.

While users can download Guardly for free, the app does offer a premium version, which can be accessed for $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year. Added benefits of the premium version include conference call capability, private instant messaging and continuous GPS tracking during calls.

While free apps are ideal, the following apps are also be worth checking out: 1. LifeLine Response($6.99)   2. Red Panic Button ($2.99) 3. React Mobile ($1.99/month, $19.99/year)   4. StaySafe($6.99) 5. WatchOverMe ($3.99/month, $23.99/year)   6. MyForce ($11.99/month, $119.99/year)   7.OnWatch (Free 30-day trial, $2.99/month, $19.99/year)

Article Provided By: USA Today – College

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Survey Says 23% of Female College Students Experience Sexual Assault

 

 

Survey Says 23% of Female College Students Experience Sexual Assault

Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

College Sexual Assault SurveyA survey by the Association of American Universities (AAU) found that 23% of female college students have been sexually assaulted.

In additon, the survey found that overall rates of reporting to campus officials and law enforcement or others were low, ranging from five percent to 28 percent, depending on the specific type of behavior. The most common reason for not reporting incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct was that it was not considered serious enough. Other reasons included because they were “embarrassed, ashamed or that it would be too emotionally difficult,” and because they “did not think anything would be done about it.”

More than six in 10 student respondents (63.3 percent) believe that a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct would be taken seriously by campus officials.

The AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct was designed to assess the incidence, prevalence and characteristics of incidents of sexual assault and misconduct. It also assessed the overall campus climate with respect to perceptions of risk, knowledge of resources available to victims, and perceived reactions to an incident of sexual assault or misconduct.

The results also show:

•Nonconsensual sexual contact involving drugs and alcohol constitute a significant percentage of the incidents.

•A relatively small percentage (e.g., 28% or less) of even the most serious incidents are reported to an organization or agency (e.g., Title IX office; law enforcement)

•More than 50 percent of the victims of even the most serious incidents (e.g., forced penetration) say they do not report the event because they do not consider it “serious enough.”

•A significant percentage of students say they did not report because they were “…embarrassed, ashamed or that it would be too emotionally difficult” or “…did not think anything would be done about it.”

•Significantly more than half of the victims of nonconsensual sexual contact who reported the incident to an agency or organization said their experience with the agency or organization was very good or excellent along several criteria.

•When asked what might happen when a student reports an incident of sexual assault or misconduct to a university official, about half say that it is very or extremely likely that the university will conduct a fair investigation. The percentage is lower for those groups that are most likely to report victimization (i.e., females and those identifying as TGQN). Similar percentages are evident for opinions about other types of reactions by the university (e.g., officials would take the report seriously; protect the safety of the student; take action against the offender).

•A relatively small percentage of students believe it is very or extremely likely they will experience sexual assault or misconduct. A larger percentage of students believe that sexual assault and misconduct is very or extremely problematic for the IHE.

•A little less than half of the students have witnessed a drunk person heading for a sexual encounter. Among those who reported being a witness, most did not try to intervene.

•About a quarter of the students generally believe they are knowledgeable about the resources available related to sexual assault and misconduct.

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PCI Security Standards – Why Compliance Is In Your Best Interest

Why Comply with PCI Security Standards?

PCI Security StandardsWhy should you, as a merchant, comply with the PCI Security Standards? At first glance, especially if you are a smaller organization, it may seem like a lot of effort, and confusing to boot. But not only is compliance becoming increasingly important, it may not be the headache you expected.

Compliance with PCI Security Standards can bring major benefits to businesses of all sizes, while failure to comply can have serious and long-term negative consequences. Here are some reasons why.

  • Compliance with the PCI DSS means that your systems are secure, and customers can trust you with their sensitive payment card information:
    • Trust means your customers have confidence in doing business with you
    • Confident customers are more likely to be repeat customers, and to recommend you to others
  • Compliance improves your reputation with acquirers and payment brands — the partners you need in order to do business
  • Compliance is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. It helps prevent security breaches and theft of payment card data, not just today, but in the future:
    • As data compromise becomes ever more sophisticated, it becomes ever more difficult for an individual merchant to stay ahead of the threats
    • The PCI Security Standards Council is constantly working to monitor threats and improve the industry’s means of dealing with them, through enhancements to PCI Security Standards and by the training of security professionals
    • When you stay compliant, you are part of the solution – a united, global response to fighting payment card data compromise
  • Compliance has indirect benefits as well:
    • Through your efforts to comply with PCI Security Standards, you’ll likely be better prepared to comply with other regulations as they come along, such as HIPAA, SOX, etc.
    • You’ll have a basis for a corporate security strategy
    • You will likely identify ways to improve the efficiency of your IT infrastructure
  • But if you are not compliant, it could be disastrous:
    • Compromised data negatively affects consumers, merchants, and financial institutions
    • Just one incident can severely damage your reputation and your ability to conduct business effectively, far into the future
    • Account data breaches can lead to catastrophic loss of sales, relationships and standing in your community, and depressed share price if yours is a public company
    • Possible negative consequences also include:
      • Lawsuits
      • Insurance claims
      • Cancelled accounts
      • Payment card issuer fines
      • Government fines

You’ve worked hard to build your business – make sure you secure your success by securing your customers’ payment card data. Your customers depend on you to keep their information safe – repay their trust with compliance to the PCI Security Standards.

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Surveillance Camera System

Just as today’s cell phones have evolved from a basic communication device to a sophisticated multimedia tool, similar shifts have taken place with today’s video surveillance cameras. Improvements in the chip sets and processing technology have resulted in higher quality images, while video intelligence and new compression techniques have enabled significant advances in transmission and storage solutions.

Just as the smartphone has evolved in purpose to become an everyday tool for managing a busy life, video surveillance cameras have become a valuable management tool that can be applied to numerous aspects of business operations. In fact, organizations that are only using IP video technology for surveillance purposes are missing value and opportunity from their investment.

IP surveillance can be used internally and via profit-generating business operations to benefit a number of areas within the organization. The following five examples are just some of the applications for IP surveillance outside its traditional use.

Risk Management

Advanced video analytics can be used to tag events or situations as diverse as a burned-out light in a stairwell, a backpack unattended in a lobby, water left running in a restroom or an individual slipping on ice in the parking lot. Wireless mesh networks and video mobility capabilities allow alerts and live streaming video to be delivered directly to a PC or handheld device, enabling quick response to help ensure business continuity and safety.

Inventory Control

For manufacturing facilities, retail establishments, automotive dealerships, logistics center or warehouse operations, IP surveillance can assist in tracking the physical location of inventory with virtually no manpower required. At the end of a production line, cameras can scan completed items or components and maintain a quality control record of the product. Or, at a car dealership the inventory can be recorded and uploaded to the website or popular online sales sites. Archived video may also be used to determine who has had possession of company assets at a given time.

Traffic / Transportation Monitoring

IP surveillance video can be a valuable research tool for evaluating usage patterns or determining any need for growth or change in road infrastructure. It is also used on major freeways across the country to provide live images of road congestion so that drivers can plan alternate routes and authorities can take any needed action to manage the flow and help reduce delays. Or, in the event of an accident, the situation can be quickly assessed and medical or fire personnel dispatched. In airports, network enabled video surveillance cameras provide live information to police, airport operations, fire and medical, and customs and immigration for their various specific purposes.

Workflow / Consumer Buying Patterns

Whether used to track employee workflow practices or consumer shopping store aisles, IP surveillance video can provide management with information to help determine behavioral habits that impact the bottom line. In retail applications, data from the camera system can be accessed in real time and linked to actual sales and operations, applied when planning and analyzing store design and layout, optimizing placement of signage and lighting fixtures, and so on. Video linked to POS operations in retail applications also helps prevent losses through activities like sweethearting.

License Plate Recognition

Automatic license plate reading systems are used in fixed or mobile environments for improved access speed, convenience and security. In addition to their use at parking garages, they can be installed on a roadside pole, a bridge overpass or on overhead scaffolding; or, on a patrol vehicle, school bus or even a sanitation truck. The systems are built around IP surveillance video that can provide clear and detailed images even in low light or extreme backlight conditions for investigative purposes.

These five examples are just a small sampling of the various applications where IP surveillance video can be used. The data can also help stadium, transit and other facility management with traffic and crowd control, employee productivity evaluation, identification of hazardous issues, liability prevention and much more. In a real-life situation, New York City cameras captured individuals streaming onto a city bus immediately after it hit another vehicle. The video clearly identified them getting on the bus after the accident and voided their liability claims.

The integration of video surveillance with other business systems such as POS has further extended the usability of video as a tool to improve business operations. The development of additional applications will only serve to expand this usefulness, making video one of business’s most important resources.

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