Smartphone app co-creator speaks at UofL about sexual violence

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 12:02 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The co-creator of the Circle of 6 smartphone app was the keynote speaker at a UofL Take Back the Night event, which raises awareness about violence against women. Nancy Schwartzman created the app which is aimed at preventing sexual violence.

“This issue is very dear to me. I myself am a survivor and I’ve been traveling the country with a film I made about my own experience and really educating young people and being activist for survivors for the past 10 years,” Schwartzman said. The app allows users to discreetly alert a circle of friends with prewritten messages when they may be in danger.

“If you’re out late at night and you can’t find your friends this app will activate you and connect you to your friends and send them the GPS coordinates of where you are,” Schwartzman said.

It won the White House Apps Against Abuse Challenge in 2011. On Tuesday, Mayor Greg Fischer awarded Schwartzman a key to the city.

“The courage that people are showing here to step up when they’ve been victims of violence, especially sexual violence, is something I wanted to honor, it's hard to do,” Fischer said.

The Circle of 6 app is free.
 

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