My name is Jenny, I am one of 21 million students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States. I entered college excited for the possibilities awaiting me, but was crushed shortly thereafter. During the second week of the semester I was sexually assaulted. Ashamed and confused I told no one about the assault. As a result of the assault, I couldn’t eat or sleep, had trouble concentrating on my studies and was afraid to be alone. I didn’t know where to go to get the support I needed to heal and thrive instead of internalizing the trauma.*
*Compilation of sexual assault survivors’ stories.
uSafeUS is an easy to use smartphone application that allows you to:
– Stay safe by using interactive features
– Instantly access help in your area should you ever become a victim of sexual violence
– Learn how to approach and help someone who has experienced an assault
– Access your campus Title IX policyTry It Now
Walking home late at night?
uSafeUS will text friends for you, to let them know when you’ll arrive. If you don’t make it back as expected, it will ask them to call to check on you.
Try It For Yourself
At a party or on a date and feeling uncomfortable? Trust your instincts and let uSafeUS help you leave.
Time to Leave will send you a fake text or phone call, giving you a reason to go.
Give an SOS disguised as a drink recipe to bartenders or servers.
– The uSafeUS Angel Drink feature contains a mobile recipe book with a secret “Angel Drink” recipe
– Select “Angel Drink”which is surrounded by real drink recipes to avoid suspicion
– The body of the recipe is an SOS which outlines steps your bartender can take to help youSee For Yourself
If you or a friend are assaulted, What next? Outlines all your options.
A safe, completely anonymous resource guide. What next? Walks you through option step-by-step.
TRY IT FOR YOURSELF
“Whenever I go out with my friends, I always tell them to text me when they get home. A lot of the time they forget, but with Expect Me they just have to turn off a timer, which is way easier than remembering to send a text.”
“I think it’s very important to have a resource like Time to Leave to help people get out of bad situations. Since my generation is always on their phones, it makes it very convenient that uSafeUS is an app.”
Alexa, UNH ’22
“As an RA in college, it’s good to know that I have a free tool I can refer my residents to. uSafeUS is important not only in helping students feel safe, but be safe when they need it most. I will be referring uSafeUS to all my residents this semester.”
Megan, PSU ’20
“One time I was out with my friends and this guy came over to sit with us. Hew as coming on to me and I didn’t like it at all. I showed the waiter Angel Drink. He read the instructions and said, “Yeah, I can get you this drink.” Then he got a manager, and they talked to the guy and got him to leave.”
Emily, UNH ’20
“My feature feature is the Escape button that takes you to weather.com when you’re using the app but don’t want others to see it. It’s a good way of hiding that you are trying to get out of an uncomfortable situation using uSafeUS.”
Simone, UNH ’22
“I’m a shy person and have a hard time saying no to people, but with Time to Leave I can get a fake text or phone call to give me a reason to leave any uncomfortable situation. You can customize the text to say what you want, and pick someone from your contacts to send it which makes it seem more personal and natural.”
Maddie, UNH ’20
“As a student, I found uSafeUS to be incredibly helpful. I now have access to all of the resources my school and community have to offer regarding sexual assault right at my fingertips. I encouraged my friends to download the app as well because it is helpful to all students, not just those who are survivors of sexual assault. Community support is crucial to combatting sexual assault, and I think this app is a step in the right direction to eliminating sexual assault on college campuses.”
Taylor, UNH ’17
*This contact form is only for current or potential uSafeUS users, for questions or comments about the uSafeUS smartphone app.
If you are in need of immediate emergency assistance, please call 911.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or sexual violence and would like information on
your options or just want to talk, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/.
Trained advocates at the hotline are available to provide support and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
We are available to speak with you at the Prevention Innovations Research Center