Your feelings aren’t as important as my safety.
“For their own safety, women foreign tourists should not wear short dresses and skirts.”
We love any technology that helps women protect themselves, so we were really excited to hear about a new app – created by an Australian grandfather! – called GotU, which is the new essential app for all women.
GotU turns the table of attackers by capturing and transmitting photographic evidence of any threat or attack, within seconds to only the user’s chosen trusted recipients. The message received includes a tamperproof image of the situation, a map and GPS co-ordinates, date, time and other data.
And it couldn’t be easier to use. Just one touch, and the photo and data are recorded and sent.
GotU was conceived by Keith Jolly, a 72-year-old semi-retired IT professional, and a grandfather of five from rural New South Wales. In 2011 he and his wife witnessed an assault on a Sydney train. As the attack took place in front of horrified passengers, Mr Jolly realised he needed an app on his smartphone that immediately transmitted evidence of a crime to secure locations, before any offender had time to take or destroy his phone, and without becoming a target himself.
Mr. Jolly said GotU is also intended to record, and potentially deter other harmful incidents. These include alcohol induced violence, bullying, sexual harassment, workplace and campus harassment and assault, taxi violence, racial crime, stalking, abduction, rape, mistreatment of the elderly and disabled, assault and institutional persecution. GotU can also be a useful tool for witnessing violations of restraining orders and AVOs.
We think GotU is an essential app for any smartphone user, and at only $1.99, it’s a no-brainer. Download it for yourself, your kids, or gift a friend.
Mr Jolly and his colleagues are donating a percentage of proceeds to global anti-violence organisations. GotU is not an alternative to calling the emergency services but an app Mr Jolly says he wished he had had on his smartphone that day on the train in 2011.
GotU was launched globally to coincide with the UN’s 16 Days of activism against gender violence, and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. According to the World Health Organisation’s first global study into the prevalence of violence against women released in July, nearly 30% of women globally have suffered sexual and/or physical violence, often at hands of their partner.
Visit www.gotutech.com to download the app now.
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and it’s a day that most people either look forward to excitedly, or dread. It’s one of those few days of the year when it really hits home that you’re single. And while being single is kind of cool these days, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to receive a cute card (and if you’re lucky more!) that means you’re special in someone’s eyes?
But how can you find someone to spend Valentine’s Day with this close to the actual day? Simple – go online. It’s a woman’s world online according to RSVP, Australia’s largest singles site, where there’s a male-dominant ratio of 60 to 40. RSVP’s marketing manager, Melanie Bowman, explains that this is the case because men are used to pursuing women. “They simply take it online as an extension of their social habits,” she said.
In the past two years, online dating sites have experienced a huge boost in membership numbers and activity. In the past year alone, RSVP’s membership has grown by a massive 95%, and the site will not only celebrate its 7th birthday on Valentine’s Day, but will also welcome its 350,000th member.
According to Melanie, one major reason why online dating is experiencing such a boom is because of positive experiences from using the site. “A large number of our new members advise us that they joined the site because it was recommended by a friend,” she said. “People are talking about their experiences with RSVP and because they have had a great time using the site, their friends are jumping online too.”
Safety is another important factor in the online dating world. Reputable sites like RSVP offer an anonymous system to send emails back and forth, which means that your personal details are kept private. “You’re in complete control,” advised Melanie. “You decide who you contact and keep in contact with, you provide your email address or phone number when you want to, and you decide who to meet and when.”
RSVP doesn’t charge a joining fee, and you can search the site to your heart’s content without paying a cent. You can simply join up and wait to see who contacts you. But it is a woman’s world online after all, so why not take charge and contact that cute guy you’ve spotted? You may just end up with a Valentine’s date after all.
Visit rsvp.com.au today!