Nov 15, 2022
A new “smart bracelet” invention may help reduce sexual assaults – particularly those which occur against women.
CARRAT, a French company founded by Alexandre Cerret, recently launched a collection of smart bracelets via Kickstarter.
“Born from the accumulation of many negative experiences around personal safety in our everyday life. CARRAT wanted to create a bracelet that allows everybody to feel safe and protected in case of danger,” the company said in a press release.
The bracelet is connected to a mobile app, which alerts emergency contacts once activated. By pressing the face of the bracelet twice, an emergency phone call is made to the user’s principal security contact (whether personal or law enforcement). Additionally, a message with the user’s GPS location is sent to five phone numbers, according to a report from Yahoo! Finance.
“It works anywhere in the world as long as there is a Bluetooth connection,” Cerret confirmed.
Pre-orders of the CARRAT smart bracelet can be secured by clicking here.
Alexandre Cerret was reportedly inspired to design the smart bracelet aimed at reducing sexual violence after his girlfriend was victimized.
“[Cerret] was living in central Paris at the time [three years ago], waiting for his girlfriend to come home from a night out near the Eiffel Tower. She was late and he was worried,” Yahoo! Finance reported.
“When he finally received her call, she told him that she had been stopped by a stranger as she walked to her car, who then attacked and raped her.”
In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Cerret noted that the police investigation into his girlfriend’s rape was obstructed by a lack of evidence.
“We didn’t have security cameras in the street, we had no material evidence, this was a big issue when we reported it to the police,” Cerret, now 23 years-old and living in Geneva, told the Post via a Zoom call.
Throughout his girlfriend’s healing process, Cerret reportedly designed the smart bracelet after three years of preparation.
He told the South China Morning Post that he wants the invention to be more than just a bracelet.
“The bracelet is really a short-term solution, this cannot save you [on its own]. This cannot mentally help you,” he said. “Even after the bracelet is put to use, you still need to be supported [if you have been attacked].”
Cerret is reportedly in the process of developing an educational program that could roll out around the globe and is also in talks with undisclosed organizations in India, Pakistan, and Hong Kong. He has started raising funds for the smart design anti-sexual violence bracelet company, while planning to set up a separate foundation that manages the education program, according to the South China Morning Post.
“We want to [stop incidents from happening] at the prevention point, which comes with the bracelets, but also come with educating people,” Cerret said.
In 2019, Rutgers University announced that student Annie Zhang had created a type of smart jewelry designed to fight sexual violence by alerting police to incidents, recording audio to prevent future attacks, and helping prosecute attackers.
“Zhang, a senior in Rutgers-New Brunswick’s Honors College and Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, dedicated many hours as a co-creator of Merakhi, a company developing electronic bracelets that can be worn by anyone concerned about the risk of sexual assault – such as students who have to walk home late at night,” the Rutgers post indicated in 2019.
“As we did more research, we began to understand how common sexual assault is, how infrequently it is reported, and oftentimes, how victims lack evidence in court. We have also had many of our peers personally affected by sexual assault. We want to create a community in which men and women feel safe and can pursue their goals to reach their full potential,” Zhang said.
Similar to the CARRAT smart bracelet, Zhang’s design allows the wearer to double-click a hidden button. From there:
“Most sexual assault cases aren’t reported because victims are traumatized and not ready to talk. Many of those who do report have little if any evidence,” said Zhang, who was scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in health administration from the Bloustein School.
“Having the audio recorded immediately can help prove their story and will hopefully help victims have the confidence to speak up if they want to.”
For more information on Zhang’s anti-sexual violence smart bracelet design, click here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer prevention strategies based on its Stop SV (Sexual Violence) Technical Package.
Using the acronym STOP SV, the CDC recommends:
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