I'm excited to announce that we've instructed our developers to move forward with Walkalone v1.0. It's a new service that will help protect women, and men, and children that become vulnerable whilst alone without support.
The development of the application has been catalyzed by the recent tragic case of Sarah Everard who was abducted and murdered by off-duty police officer Wayne Couzens, whilst she was walking home alone.
The service will allow users to 'arm' their mobile device and hit a button to discreetly send emergency alerts to selected contacts to let them know they're in danger, feel scared or unsafe. Importantly alerts will carry location data taken at the precise moment alerts are triggered.
Men are almost always the perpetrators in attacks on women. The statistics on attacks against women in the UK are appalling. Three women are killed by men in the UK every week.
In the year that ended March '20, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) calculated that some 4.9 million women had been victims of a sexual assault. This figure included around 1.4 million who had been raped or had faced an attempted rape. In total, 98.5% of the rapists were identified as men.
It's my firm belief that we shouldn't need to be providing women with tools or 'advice' to deal with the mistreatment, behavior and attacks that they encounter from men; the change should come from the men.
However until such a dramatic shift in the conscience and behavior of perpetrators takes place I think we should do whatever is necessary to protect the lives and health of potential victims.
Walkalone is just one small way that could help and , just like I said some years ago when I created You ID Me for my then twenty-two year old daughter,,, if it helps save the life of just one person that that will be worth all the effort.
Initially the service will be trialed by existing users of the You ID Me emergency ID and alert service.
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