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Safecity: Pin the creeps on a crowdmap to identify hotspots of abuse and harassment in public spaces.

Over the last 14 months we have encouraged people to share their personal stories of sexual harassment & abuse in public spaces on our crowdmap. The perpetrators often use the same space to target different victims. However these victims have no way of knowing these trends & taking personal precautions. It is important identify these trends and make them available in the public domain, to ensure that any individual or organisation can analyse the data and take appropriate action to convert these unsafe areas to safe areas. So far we have over 2400 personal stories from over 50 cities in India. It takes less than 2 min to share a report - pin the location, choose a category and tell us the story. You may choose to remain anonymous.

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Next Steps for Safecity - 
  1. Making the crowdmap mobile friendly as most of India accesses information on their mobiles.  
  2. Non Internet based options for reporting such as missed calls, IVR, SMS reporting 
  3. Collaborating with NGOs to utilize this data for implementation of safety programs. 
The key learnings from the stories are - 
  1. 90% of reports are from women though we have received reports from men, children and senior citizens. 
  2. Most women have faced some form of harassment in their lifetime. 
  3. Most women do not talk about it.
  4. Sharing of reports has encouraged many women to break their silence. 
  5. Sexual abuse and harassment does not discriminate based on gender, class, religion, intelligence, language and dressing. 
The key unanswered questions which require solutions are -
  1. How do we engage men and young boys to be part of the solution?  
  2. How do we encourage bystanders to intervene and stop the harassment? 
  3. How do we promote situational awareness for any victim to respond instinctively to defend themselves in a crisis situation?
  4. How do we create a culture which is more respectful and tolerant? 

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