Outside New York, you can find groups affiliated with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
Emergencee, meanwhile, sends your GPS location to three selected contacts in real-time, so they know exactly where you are.
The app even has its own security team that will contact police and ensure you get help fast.
Any encounter comes with risk—meeting a stranger, even more so.
But there are steps you can take to make your experience safer and, should things get ugly, to help you take control of the situation.
Yelling is actually one of the best self-defense techniques out there: “It breaks the ’victim role,’ attracts attention, distracts the attacker, and puts you in touch with your power and anger.” CAENY’s Safe and Proud campaign offers tools for self-defense and de-escalation.
You might not feel comfortable blabbing about your hookup to your roommate, but there are several apps that can help get you out of an escalating situation.
b Safe , which is free, can discreetly alert friends and set up fake phone calls to help you make your exit.
It can also start recording video footage of what’s happening, should you press the alarm.
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Going to a stranger’s home, or giving him your address, is putting yourself at risk.