GWEN Alert was one of the first safety mobile apps to the market back in 2012. GWEN 5 allows for you to upload your top 5 trusted people into the GWEN Alert. If you are ever in danger, then a one button click sends them a pre-set text that you are in trouble with a GPS locator.
Anyone with a smart phone should have this app, as we offer the GWEN Alert as a FREE download, so that it’s affordable for all.
Campus safety (1 in 4 young women are sexually assaulted annually) – plus recent stats of campus mass-shootings
People who travel alone, or late at night – WITH CURRENT GLOBAL INCIDENCES THIS IS A NECESSITY
WHAT’S NEW FOR VERSION 2 – We are taking the GWEN Alert to the next level.
The GWEN Alert2 will capture footage of the perpetrator, through a VIDEO COMPONENT built into the app. Every 20 seconds video is captured and is sent to the cloud. This assures footage capture, in case your phone is destroyed or stolen during any altercation. Visual proof will protect the victim and help stop, or solve a crime.
So… what is our ask? We are looking to raise $20,000 to update the app. This offers you a tax-deductible donation to Global Women’s Empowerment Network GWEN (501c3) #80-0830394.
It is an unfortunate fact that many children, adolescents, and adults experience traumatic events such as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; domestic violence; natural disasters; war; terrorism; rape; and the death of a loved one. Often these occur under traumatic circumstances and many individuals experience multiple traumas. Although some demonstrate resilience in the aftermath of these experiences, many suffer significant developmental difficulties and psychological challenges that can be serious and long lasting. These traumatic experiences can increase the risk of impaired functioning, addictions, criminal behavior, and psychological disorders.
Traumatized individuals frequently develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in which the memory of the traumatic event comes to dominate the consciousness depleting their lives of meaning and pleasure. Common effects of traumatization include depression, increased aggression against self and others, depersonalization, dissociation, compulsive behavioral repetition of traumatic scenarios, and decline in family, social, and occupational functioning. In addition, there can develop a pattern of increased arousal expressed by hyper-vigilance, irritability, memory and concentration problems, sleep disturbances, and an exaggerated startle response. This hyper-arousal contributes to traumatized people becoming easily distressed by unexpected stimuli, and as a consequence, turning neutral experiences into reinterpretations of past traumas. For many individuals, the helplessness and paralysis that accompany traumatic experiences becomes the habitual way they respond to stressful stimuli, which further weakens their feelings of control over their world—present and future.
Treatment modalities for traumatized individuals are developing, yet fundamental steps begin with understanding how the trauma is connected to current symptoms; acknowledging the interconnectedness of thoughts, feelings, and behavior; developing or re-establishing a support system to reinforce safety and care; learning and practicing coping strategies for anxiety management; emotional processing of the experience to promote symptom reduction and to shift negative thoughts patterns; and establishing a safety plan for managing future hurdles. Stabilization after the crisis is critical before beginning any treatment plan. Research in this area has opened up new insights into how extreme experiences can have profound effects on memory, affect, emotional modulation, and interpersonal relations. These findings also open up a new perspective on how traumatized individuals can be helped to overcome their past.
Next, I will offer information specific to each of the steps noted above. Until then, Laurie Williamson, MA, IMFT
GWEN co-founder and COO Tess Cacciatore was a featured guest on KCWI 23 in her hometown of Des Moines recently to promote the GWEN Alert and encourage Iowans to empower themselves and others. Cacciatore referenced how Iowa’s wholesome environment can lead to a false sense of security but the need to be vigilant is important no matter where you live. Emphasizing this point in the following clip, Cacciatore talks about how 300,000 young people and children get abducted in the US and thrown into sex trafficking every year. She said, “We don’t want to instill fear, we want to instill empowerment.” She stressed the importance of teaching children empowerment from an early age so they are more aware and self-confident to keep themselves safe and make more informed choices. “If someone as a young person feels confident about themselves, they get a lot more aware of who they bring into their lives, who they end up dating, who they end up marrying and that can decrease the statistics.” Join GWEN and together we can make a difference.