We’ve all had that moment: that instant when you realize everything isn’t all right, that the guy being a little to friendly with you might be trouble, that your relationship might be doing more harm than good or that you just couldn’t drive safely even though you said you could. Then comes the escape plan, half formed, and probably not very helpful. Luckily for us, there is now an app for safety that no woman should be without. Circle of 6, an app created for the iPhone and the Android, is the fully formed escape route for when you need a way out of an undesirable situation.
Created in 2011 by Tech for Good, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to using moblie technology to help end violence in populations where violence reigns, it was the winner of the White House/HHS Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge as well as the winner of the Institue of Medicine/Avon Foundation for Women End Violence @Home Challenge, the free app has been praised by some of our favorites such as Cosmopolitan, Self and Marie Claire.
So what does Circle of 6 do, you ask? The app is designed to send six different people a text message when you feel that you need help, be it a ride home, an interruption or an intervention and there is also a direct line to a Rape or Sexual Assault Hotline or a Relationship Abuse Hotline. Sound complicated? It isn’t, in fact it is one of the easiest apps to use since it does most of the work for you. Once you have the free app downloaded, the step by step instructions walk you through every aspect of the app. The only thing you need to do is to to select your circle.
Who should be in your circle? People you trust! Your friends and family that you could rely on to come and pick you up if you need a ride, call you to give you a reason to walk away from the creep hitting on you at the bar or help you if you need to get out of a relationship you feel is going down the wrong road. After you choose your 6, the app will give you options about which text message you would like to send to your circle. All you have to do after that is select the message you want and the app will instantly send the message to your circle.
We have all been in ‘that’ situation, but now, we all have a way out of it. Circle of 6; the app you need for the danger you don’t. To download the app for the iPhone or Android, visit the App Store and search Circle of 6. Stay safe!