App aims to protect students from sexual violence

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IU South Bend’s Title IX department now endorses a free app aimed at preventing sexual violence.
Circle of 6, winner of the 2011 White House “Apps Against Abuse” technology challenge, asks the user for six close friends or family members in case of an emergency.
“It’s easy and accessible. The pre-generated group texts make it easy to use,” said Laura Whitney, director of student conduct.
Available for both iPhone and Android, the app sends out text messages to the user’s “Circle of 6” to ask for a phone call or a ride. Google Maps then directs the recipients of the text to the sender’s location.
A 24-hour sexual assault hotline is also accessible through the app.
“It’s a wonderful app,” said Karen White, vice chancellor for student services and a Title IX representative.
White, along with other members of the Title IX committee, decided to promote the free app for IUSB students through the department’s website.
Circle of 6 is available for free through iTunes, Google Play and other online app stores.
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