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Empowering Women: How Apps are Combatting Sexual Assault during the Paris Games

During the Paris Games, women may experience stress in poorly lit streets, empty subway cars or crowded areas filled with excited fans. To address this concern, several applications are being developed to help women feel safer and to facilitate police intervention. One such app is The Sorority, created in 2020 exclusively for women which allows users to alert the 50 closest people with their GPS position in case of danger.

For women like Maja and Emma who have faced dangerous situations, these apps provide a sense of security and support. The Sorority with 90,000 verified users has recently partnered with law enforcement to improve response times and assist users in distress. Similarly, Come another app has compiled a list of “safe places” where individuals can seek refuge if they feel threatened. This collaboration with law enforcement and the establishment of safe spaces aims to ensure the safety and well-being of users particularly during events like the Olympic Games.

Experts like sociologist Williams Nuytens emphasize that increased inappropriate behavior during large events like the Olympics can be exacerbated by factors such as alcohol consumption. Recognizing the prevalence of sexual assaults against women, the French Ministry of the Interior highlights the importance of initiatives like Come in addressing safety concerns. By working with organizations like the Olympic Games Committee and volunteers these apps aim to raise awareness and provide support to individuals facing aggression and violence.

As we approach the Paris Games, promoting safety and preventing violence against women remains crucial. These apps play a vital role by leveraging technology and partnerships with law enforcement in empowering women creating a safer environment for all during major events like

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