First step to change is AWARENESS!

Awareness is one of the many preventive measures that can assist us in making better decisions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness  by sharing the facts and statistics on sexual assaults.

There are different aspects of sexual assaults  and they are as following:

  • Sexual assault by strangers and by acquaintances
  • Sexual abuse of children
  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual assaults in prisons
  • Sexual assaults by multiple attackers or gang rape

Men, Women and children are all affected by sexual assaults

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  • Every 2 min. a person is sexually assaulted and every 8 min. that victim is a child. And meanwhile, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.
  • 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men are victims of an attempted or completed rape in her/his lifetime.
  • Majority of sexual assault victims are under 35.
  • Child protective services agencies substantiated strong evidence to indicate that 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse.

Campus sexual assaults are getting to be a big problem

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.

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  • More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.
  • Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.

Factors Contributing to Sexual Assault

According to an article by U.S. justice department, most offenders rape to satisfy their need for power and control, and they used various forced sexual acts to do so. In other words, the sexual act is the means, rather than motive for sexual assault.

Understanding the factors that contribute to the problem might help us analyze key intervention points and determine effective measures. The sexual assault analysis triangle may help frame the important factors contributing to the problem. Rather than being determined by a single factor sexual assault may result when (1) a motivated offender and (2) a vulnerable victim cross paths in (3) a location without capable guardians.

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We can reduce sexual assaults by addressing one side of the triangle. Since its not in our hands to cure psychological issues of the offenders, we should try to address victims side of the triangle. We could address that by (1) Reducing vulnerability  (2) Increasing the level of resistance and (3) increasing the willingness to report crime to the police….all these points can be addressed by victim if she/he travels in groups and/or by using personal protection devices like Holor that could help with all the 3 issues at the click of one single button.

Note: All the statistics used in this article are gathered from articles and publications from different government agencies NSVRC, RAINN,BJS, The US department of Justice.

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kanthichili

A passionate engineer who loves to build next gen tech products and a compassionate individual who'd love to see the world full of wiser and empathetic earthlings!

9 thoughts on “First step to change is AWARENESS!”

  1. Very good analysis Kanti ,just curious these days mobile is a perpetual device why can’t the victims side be addressed with a mobile app , they can report such incidents / report location / even take picture of the person or another smart idea could be to reinvent a mobile case which can act as a defensive Swiss knife , just curious to know about holor gadget.

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for a wonderful question!
      Cells phone apps are surely very useful for ones protection. But most of the assaults happen when you least expect them and so your first instinct is panic. You will not have enough time to reach to your cell phone during that situation. Holor is a wearable protection device that will be on you at all times and it will be disguised so assailants will not know what it is. Since it’s still in development phase, I cannot give out more details.
      I will keep this blog post updated with the progress on the device though!
      Thanks,
      Kanthi

  2. This sounds like something essential for all women!
    Thank you for thinking of our safety when designing and creating such an
    Effective Self Powering device.

    How do I become an owner of a Holor?

    1. Hi Melisa,
      Thanks for kind words!

      Holor is still in development, expecting it to be available to public early next year!

      Thanks,
      Kanthi

  3. Kanthi, I feel a more appliable device in a time of urgency is very important in all our lives. I think mostly for the safety of my children of a younger age, even though statistics show higher rates of assults at age 18, mama bear wants her cubs safe. So, with that in mind, I am hoping the developement of Holor helps my children gain more confidence in “just being able to be kids” and that it eases minds of us parents while kids are away from us. In the future of Holor do you forsee this being a flexible device for all ages? Do you also see it being an easy device for people with disabilitys or mobility issues to use?

    1. Hi Harmony,

      Yes, I remember this concern of yours when we were talking the other day. First gen Holor will be versatile enough for kids to use. But yes, I am also working on designing a device exclusively for kids and expecting to work on it right after this first gen device.
      And yes, Holor can be easily accessible by people with mobility and disability issues, as it can be activated by press of a button.

      1. Sounds great. I am glad it with be easily accessed at the push of a button. I did not think about it untill after we talked but at times individuals with limited mobility issues are vurnerable and this device would give them a feeling of security and independence.

  4. What an initiative…really very proud of you for using your knowledge and education for a greater good …this is a classic example of how technology in the right hands can change the world ! So excited for you …go holor ! Go kanthi !

    1. Thank you!! This would not have been possible and won’t be possible without friends like you. I appreciate all the support!!

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