Sexual assault isn’t just an issue in the world at large; it also happens to be a major problem in military bases, with the Department of Defense reporting that there were over 6,000 reports of sexual assault in fiscal year 2015. But a new smartphone application may help bring new safety measures to the military — and help decrease sexual assaults.
According to Glamour, a free app called LiveSafe is in the midst of a six-month trial at two naval bases, one in Hampton Roads, Va. and one at the Rota Naval Base in Spain. Allowing members of the Navy to track their friends’ locations, the app can also help users “report anything suspicious they see, and access location-specific resources for crime victims, like legal and medical services,” says Glamour.
Currently in a testing phase, Glamour reports that focus groups will determine whether or not the app was effective in preventing or even addressing cases of sexual assault. With Glamour reporting that $150,000 has already gone into the app’s creation and testing, some in the military are already convinced that the app is valuable.
“When you think about what it costs to respond to one sexual assault — you think about providing medical services, doing the investigation, doing the legal processing, providing all the victim advocacy services, the amount of time the chain of command spends in reviewing and overseeing these cases and then executing the potential disciplinary action — that one case is significantly more than the cost for the pilot,” U.S. Fleet Forces Command sexual assault prevention and response officer Capt. Charles Marks told Tribune News Service, according to Glamour.
Although there is no word yet on whether or not the app will be officially implemented, all signs seem to be pointing to the affirmative.
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