Texas Safety University App
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) proudly introduces “TX Safety U” as a campus app that can connect college students, faculty and staff with sexual assault victim assistance on campus and in the community. TX Safety U is a free app available on both iOS and Android platforms. The 2014 launch was timely as President Obama’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault recently released its report and recommendations on http://www.notalone.gov.
Key features include access to crime data for 174 Texas universities; and connections to on-campus, local, state and national resources on sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
“Making support for rape victims more accessible is just common sense,” said Annette Burrhus-Clay, TAASA’s Executive Director. “We know that the more a victim feels supported, the more likely they are to recover from the assault, stay in school and report the assault to law enforcement.”
Prior to this app, if a student needed assistance after an assault they were left to navigate through complex college and university websites for information. TX Safety U puts this information in the hands of the student in an easy to access format on their smartphone.
The app was developed and customized for TAASA by Campus Sentinel, Inc., a company specializing in mobile applications for higher education safety and security. TAASA is the first not-for-profit organization to implement the private label version of Campus Sentinel.
“The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault has truly made a statement about the importance of campus safety in today’s society,” said Campus Sentinel Co-Founder Dr. Gary J. Margolis. “Connecting campus community members to assistance when a violent act has occurred is one of the primary purposes of the app. We’re thrilled that TAASA has provided this resource to campuses all across Texas.”