Thumbs up: Escaping rape
Technology cannot eliminate the plague of sexual violence that victims' advocates estimate recurs every two minutes in the U.S., but by arming people with a variety of at-the-ready response mechanisms, the odds of crisis avoidance increase. Features on the Circle of 6 smartphone app, for instance, can send a "come get me" text along with a GPS map to the user's trusted circle of friends, solicit a phone call to interrupt a situation with a manufactured excuse to leave or dial emergency assistance. Developers also organized a Facebook campaign where friends pledge vigilance against sexual violence within their social circles. With greater awareness comes greater progress.