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  • How’s tech making it safer to travel alone?
  • How’s tech making it safer to travel alone?
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Companion: you'll never walk home alone again

Almost a quarter of female student at US universities have experienced sexual assault. And while government initiatives have been introduced to make campuses safer, mobile app Companion appears to be having the biggest impact on freshers. How is tech being used to improve student safety?

Location United States

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After it was revealed that 23% of female students at US universities had experienced sexual assault, a campaign to improve campus safety surged throughout the country. [1] The government passed the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act and musician Lady Gaga dedicated her video for ‘Til It Happens To You’ to victims of sexual assault. [2][3]

Yet it’s Companion – a personal safety app which gained 500,000 new sign-ups in a single week in September – that appears to be having the biggest impact on this year’s freshers. [4]

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