This is a sponsored post written for ICE Blackbox. All opinions are my own.
Five years ago I was raped. Although I can be extremely open about it now thanks to proper therapy and incredible support, I must stress: It was the most traumatizing experience of my life. I was defenseless, there were no outside witnesses, and when I tried to tell my story it ended up in the loss of friendships and basically with a sense of guilt, shame, and worst of all – the notion that I would never be believed.
I never reported the incident to the police for many reasons: the fact that I worked for a newspaper and didn’t want any coworkers reading my sworn affidavit, I didn’t want to see stories about myself in the paper I wrote for, and mostly, I knew the odds were against me. There were no witnesses to my assault. The guy didn’t beat me. Ultimately, it would have been my words against his, and without proof, there would be no reason to prosecute my assailant.
I only wish someone had been there to see what happened. I’m sure a lot of victims of sexual assault, bullying and domestic violence wish for the same. When you look at the numbers of assaults that go unreported and the even LOWER numbers of assaults that are actually prosecuted, it should make you sick. I know I am one of many who did not have a voice, or a chance. This is why I’m glad I had the opportunity to share info on a new app that turns your iPhone into a silent witness: ICE Blackbox.
At $4.99, this is an ideal app for ANYONE who wants to help prevent or report hate crime, bullying, domestic violence… the list goes on and on. Here are the product’s features, according to the app description:
•One-button streaming of audio, video, and GPS – Our simplified camera interface is designed to be easy to use in stressful situations. Press record, and your video and GPS location are automatically uploaded to our server.
•In-app 911 dialing, with auto-notification to your emergency contacts – If you need to contact 911, this app does more than just dial, it sends your video and location to your emergency contacts by text or email, automatically.
•Review and Share Videos – If the recording is not a 911 emergency but you still wish to send it to someone like law enforcement or school officials, you can easily send the links by text or email.
•Videos cannot be deleted within the app – This is to protect you from being forced to delete the video during an incident. Remember, this is like having a silent witness that won’t back out.
These are a lot of valuable tools that can, in turn, be empowering. It gives schools, supervisors on the job, and law enforcement actual evidence to work with.
Will every person who uses this app be protected against crime or be able to report it? No one can promise that, as every crime is distinct, and it won’t guarantee that an assailant won’t grab the phone from you. But think of it as an extra shield of protection. Practice using it. Learn how to master it. And maybe help this app become more than an app, but a movement among many victims to take their lives back.
The app has launched today, April 19, 2012, and is available from the iPhone appstore. It’s my hope that an Android version will be released soon.
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