“Bystander” campaigns teach peers how to identify these circumstances and intervene before an assault occurs.
Dating violence also disproportionately affects young women in this demographic.
Consistent with the Office of the Vice President’s focus on the high rates of dating violence and sexual assault violence committed against young women, this developer’s challenge encourages the creation of innovative applications to help young adults prevent violence and abuse.
The challenge: Vice President Biden and Secretary Sebelius are honored to announce a challenge that encourages the development of applications that provide college students and young adults with the tools to help prevent dating violence and sexual assault.
This application is a step in enabling young women and men to take an active role in the prevention of dating violence and sexual assault.
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Moreover, sixty percent of college students who have been in an abusive relationship say no one helped them.
Websites, hotlines and resources are available for those who have experienced or are currently experiencing violence and abuse.
While the application will serve a social function of helping people stay in touch with their friends, it will also allow friends to keep track of each other’s whereabouts and check in frequently to avoid being isolated in vulnerable circumstances.
The primary users of the application may include (but are not limited to) college/university students, residential advisors, sorority or fraternity members, and young men and women who would like to be role models and promote prevention in our communities.
Everyone has a role to play in the prevention of violence and abuse, and while no one can do everything, everyone can do something.
However, few tools currently exist to proactively prevent violence and abuse from occurring.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are collaborating with the Office of the Vice President (OVP) to help prevent sexual assault and dating violence on college campuses.