App Designed to Aid Sex Assault Victims in New Hampshire Going National
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DURHAM — A New Hampshire-developed smartphone app designed to place sexual assault resources in the hands of victims and their allies is launching nationally Friday.
The Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced that the uSafeNH app, which was developed in the Granite State and deployed at 21 New Hampshire higher education campuses in 2016, has been expanded to become a national resource.
Attorney General MacDonald will lead a press conference Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Bellamy Room on the University of New Hampshire Durham Campus to celebrate the national launch of uSafeUS.
MacDonald said that based on a decade of research conducted by the Prevention Innovations Research Center at the UNH, uSafeUS is unique among sexual assault safety apps because it provides interactive features to prevent assaults, as well as a wealth of information to help victims and their allies.
As colleges and universities are back in session, MacDonald said this is the perfect time for students, families and faculty to download and become familiar with the uSafeUS app so that all students on college and university campuses, both in New Hampshire and nationally, can have the necessary tools and information to combat and address sexual assault.
Also speaking at the press conference are Dr. Sharyn Potter, executive director of the Research of Prevention Innovations Research Center and University of New Hampshire professor of sociology, and Rebecca Ludecke, communications coordinator and uSafeUS Project manager.