PROJECT GOAL: HEART, the Harassment Escape and Assault Rescue Tracker is designed to help individuals feel safe while reducing the frequency of sexual assault. Our goal is to make sure people can walk out of their homes feeling safe and out of harm's way with HEART at their side.
Gender inequity impacts women’s safety and is a prominent issue that needs to be addressed. According to the anti-sexual assault organization called RAINN, “Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape or sexual assault”. Since teenage females are the most commonly assaulted demographic, they are the target audience for HEART. Experiencing sexual assault can lead to many other problems like fear responses, PTSD, depression, and disrupted relationships with other people. HEART will address this issue of inequity by making sure everyone has access to a source of security despite their gender.