You're at a bar with friends, lose track of them and need a ride home. Your blind date is a little inappropriate. Maybe even aggressive.
Now there's an app to circumvent these awkward and potentially dangerous situations.
The 'Circle of 6' app lets you choose six friends that can be reached immediately via text message when you need help. It's branded as, "A free app that prevents violence before it happens."
The click of a button will send a text that says either, "Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption" or "Come and get me. I need help getting home safely." The latter also sends a map, using GPS, to show your friends where you are.
One button simply tells your circle what's on your mind but doesn't ask that they do anything yet. The message reads, "I'm worried my relationship might be unhealthy. I'm trying to find out. Just letting you know." It also links to www.loveisrespect.org that will help you assess your relationship.
The icons -- a car, a phone, and a conversation bubble -- won't arouse suspicion from whomever you're with.
An exclamation point icon can also be programmed to dial "911" or another customized number.
The free iPhone application launched earlier this year and is now also available for Android phones. It won the 2011 White House "Apps Against Abuse" challenge to help prevent sexual violence.
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