As the federal government moves to crack down on sexual assaults on college campuses nationwide, Loyola University Chicago (LUC) has created one of the first smartphone applications specifically to help victims.
The private Jesuit school launched the “Here for You” iPhone app earlier this academic year. The app provides information on campus resources as well as a guide on how to help a friend who may be a victim of gender-based violence. The opening screen allows students to select what kind of violence they have experienced: “dating/domestic,” “stalking,” “sexual assault” or “I’m not sure.”
According to Stephanie Atella, LUC Wellness Center health educator, the app serves a myriad of purposes.