Colleges enlist apps to combat assaults on campus

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Amid increasing concern about campus sexual assaults, universities and digital entrepreneurs are offering an array of new mobile apps aimed at helping college students navigate their way out of troubling and dangerous situations.

The apps can allow students to, for example, quickly and discreetly broadcast their exact location if they’re lost, ask for help getting home if they’re intoxicated, or request a friend to call to interrupt an uncomfortable date.

Before walking alone late at night, they could let a group of friends and family virtually monitor their journey via GPS, and a timer can be set that will alert companions, emergency officials, or authorities if the clock expires before reaching their destination.

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