I'm not your baby! The iPhone app that gives women the perfect withering one-liners to answer embarrassing catcalls
21:51 GMT, 17 September 2012
A new iPhone app has been launched to help women deal with embarrassing instances of sexual harassment.
From catcalls to leering colleagues the 'Not Your Baby' tool provides withering one-liners to tackle a range of compromising situations.
Users are instructed to enter information about their scenario, including the setting and the identity of their harasser in order to get the appropriate advice.
Virtual support: A new iTunes application has been launched to help women deal with instances of sexual harassment
All of the responses are generated based on
submissions from other users.
Toronto-based Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women hopes its invention will offer virtual support to thousands of women worldwide.
An example shows if the user selects
‘boss’ as the offender and the location as ‘social situation’ the app
states: ‘Get a trusted person outside of the workplace to call you every
so often and check to see how you’re doing.’
Developer Andrea Gunraj told The Torontoist: 'A lot of people said they had a hard time thinking of responses [to harassment] in the moment.'
Virtual support: From cat calls to leering colleagues the 'Not Your Baby' tool aims at helping people avoid a range of compromising situations
She added that she hopes that the gadget will not only prevent instances of harassment 'before they happen, but also during and after they happen.'
Figures for sexual harassment are hard to obtain as it's estimated that only one in ten incidents are ever reported.
However METRAC reports that in 1993 Violence Against Women Survey by Statistics Canada found that 23 per cent of women experienced workplace sexual harassment with young women at highest risk.
While a 1995 survey found that eight out of ten young women were harassed in secondary school.
Not Your Baby also includes facts and
personal stories of harassment, as well as legal definitions and community resources.
It is currently available for free in the iTunes store, for use on
iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.