Student designs a rape alarm bracelet that can alert friends and nightclub staff by simply tapping if someone is harassed or sexually abused
- A university student has invented a color-changing wristband and an app
- The wristband and the app connect & # 39; evening with friends and bar staff
- If the wearer feels threatened, they can tap the wristband to activate a warning
- A double tap causes the wristband to light up and send out a second alarm
A wristband that sends a warning if the wearer is sexually assaulted or harassed during a night out has been developed by a student.
Design student Beatriz Carvalho, 21, invented the discreet band and accompanying app that alerts friends and nightclub staff when a person feels they are in danger.
If the wearer is in an uncomfortable situation, they can tap the wristband to activate the notification via the app.
A double tap causes the wristband to light up and send a second alarm to the bar and nightclub staff.
After suffering from an incident in which she was harassed as a teenager, Carvalho wanted to help potential victims and teach & # 39; offenders & # 39 ;.
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A color-changing wristband that sends a warning if a victim is mistreated or harassed during an evening of sex can prevent attacks. A university student invented the discreet bond and app that alerts friends and staff when someone thinks they are in danger
The product design student at Edinburgh Napier came up with the idea for her fourth-year project with the aim of protecting its wearer.
The wristband can be linked to the Lux app in which friends can participate before they go out.
& # 39; It is there to identify behaviors that go too far and to inform the perpetrator that things like these are not acceptable & # 39 ;, said Carvalho.
& # 39; It is important that people who are potentially harassed and over the moon learn to stop doing these things – that really is the only way to improve things. & # 39;
The product has been a personal project of Mrs. Carvalho since she suffered from intimidation at school.
The incident still haunts her today and says that certain triggers bring back the dreadful memories and want to make a difference to people Carvalho says could work as a safety net.
After suffering an incident of harassment as a teenager, design student Beatriz Carvalho (21) wanted to help potential victims and teach & # 39; offenders & # 39 ;. A double tap causes the wristband to light up and send a second alarm to the bar and nightclub staff
Sexual harassment, groping, assault and unwanted sexual attention often occur during performances and festivals
A recent study by the University of Leeds said that most incidents are not reported, partly because victims are worried because they will not be believed or taken seriously.
The study noted that the number of false rapes accused does not exceed false reports for other crimes – 3 percent.
The UK Live Music Census showed that two of the three locations investigated had no sexual harassment and violence policy.
& # 39; Many have experienced something like this in a nightclub or during a performance, & # 39; said Mrs. Carvalho.
& # 39; No one should be afraid to go out and Lux could be the difference for many – it could work as a safety net. & # 39;
& # 39; Sexual harassment and behavior that makes people uncomfortable is a complex topic.
& # 39; Many people want to shrink from it and pretend that it doesn't happen. & # 39;
Statistics show that about one in five women in England and Wales have experienced sexual violence since they were 16.
Makers of such products, such as the Lux wristband, claim that they have a crucial role to play in tackling assault.
The project was first shown at the Edinburgh Napier Degree Show earlier this month.
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If the device detects that the person wearing it is being attacked, the authorities are notified and the coordinates of the wearer are sent.
The smart bracelet, if mass-produced, could address a health issue that affects one third of women and one sixth of men in the US, according to CDC.
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But the CDC has clarified that these numbers are unlikely to reflect the seriousness of the problem, since many victims refrain from reporting sexual assault incidents.
The problem is particularly rampant on college campuses, such as the one where the smart bracelet was designed.
The CDC has reported that 20 percent of undergraduate women experienced attempted or completed sexual assault during their college year.
The risk of being sexually abused at school, for women, is the highest freshman year, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Females who identify as homosexual, lesbian or bisexual are more likely to experience sexual aggression in college.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a sexual assault or rape, help is available.
In the US, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673
Call the National Rape Crisis Helpline0808 802 9999 in the UK every day of the year between 12.00 – 14.30 and 7. – 21.30
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