People are using an app to report sexual assault anonymously

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JDoe app

What could possibly go wrong?

Seems to me that due process is becoming a thing of the past in this #MeToo era.

From NY Post: In the wake of #MeToo, more than 1,000 people have downloaded an app aimed at rooting out repeat sex offenders by allowing victims and witnesses to report the crimes anonymously and join forces against the sickos.

Called JDoe, the free app launched on the Apple and Android app store in April. It works by prompting users to report when and where an incident took place, along with the name of the perpetrator and any details of the crime.

The information is then stored in an encrypted database. Users cannot see the names of other victims or of perpetrators, but the app’s algorithm scans for patterns. If a repeat offender turns up, accusers receive separate notifications along with information on pursuing joint legal action through JDoe’s network of attorneys, if they desire.

There’s no need to wait for other victims to surface, however. JDoe also provides a way for users to anonymously report individual incidents to police or legal services providers.

In either scenario, the accused are not notified through the app that they have been reported.

Company founder and CEO Ryan Soscia, 24, says he began developing JDoe in 2015, shortly after learning that a group of teammates and friends had been assaulted by the same trainer.

“What we [at JDoe] really try to focus on is enabling people to pursue justice together,” Soscia tells The Post. “We’re trying to democratize legal services.”

He describes the app’s identity encryption as something “Edward Snowden would approve of.”

As the app’s user base grows, Soscia plans to develop a map feature that visually displays incident reports. His team is also working on a feature that will alert users if they enter an area with multiple incident reports.

In addition, Soscia plans to grow the app’s survivor-support services such as referrals for mental health care providers. “We’re looking to provide almost a Yelp-like service,” he says.

“There’s power in realizing you’re not alone,” he says. “And that could be powerful throughput for the justice system.”

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9 responses to “People are using an app to report sexual assault anonymously

  1. So the accused get their reputation destroyed, but cannot actually face their accusers or sue them for libel.

    So much for the Constitution’s 5th & 14th Amendments’ guarantee of due process.

     
  2. “What could possibly go wrong?”
    Everything.

     
  3. We all know the Constitution was thrown out the window ages ago. It is EXACTLY as our Founders, I believe it was either Adams or Madison if my bad memory serves me right, said, “once the common people become inattentive to matters of state, all of us will then become Wolves.”

    Paraphrased, and I cannot believe I don’t recall the speaker’s name. Shame on me. But the spirit of the message is lived out to this day.

    It reminds me of how I just shake my head at Kavanaugh. No matter the judge’s position on abortion, and he even gave a muddy answer to a Conservative senator wanting to ask his opinion, the would-be Supreme Court Justice made it clear he supports the concept of judges going ahead and punishing individuals of crimes the jury did not find them guilty of.

    We live in a nation where any form of government we can touch has been disconnected entirely, like a remote controller to a video game unplugged by older boys (Big Brother, anyone?) who don’t want their baby brother getting in the way of their game. We can mash buttons all day, but it makes no difference, and sadly we seem to think it does.

    It’s a juvenile analogy, but I heard it yesterday and realized it is EXTREMELY correct. That is exactly what “Big Brother” has done.

     
    • CogitoErgoSumantra

      “…the would-be Supreme Court Justice made it clear he supports the concept of judges going ahead and punishing individuals of crimes the jury did not find them guilty of.”

      What has he said or done to make you think that? I watched most of the hearings and didn’t come away with that thought. If true, it looks like he’s set himself up to be burned by his own idea.

       
  4. Big Tech is opening doors to tyranny on an incremental basis that without it would not be possible. In addition to censorship and banning from platforms, now we have this. And it all came from a good intention—to report sexual assault.

    Tyranny is a moral disorder that never sleeps: We are up against what St. Paul rightly described as “powers and principalities” not of this earth, and Big Tech has, unwittingly or wittingly, opened up this previously unknown and unused venue.
    Alex Jones was correct in complaining that he was not allowed to face his accusers, so he went to Washington and faced them outside Congressional hearings. And there was something especially snarky about the head of Twitter in his demeanor when Jones faced him.

    This problem with tyranny is that it puts the accused on a one-way street that also happens to be a dead end. Orwell’s perfect nightmare has come true! And let it be said that this, too, has been a product of the “War on Terror”: Announced by President Bush, Jr., it has no end in sight, and the President—whomever it happens to be—has carte blanche to announce whatever the latest threat happens to be.

    This—and the fact that all tech coming from Israel has backdoors sufficient for its developers to spy on—spells a perfect end to our civil liberties, as well as the Bill of Rights. In the meantime, Where’s Waldo? Where’s Jeff Sessions? Over 50,000 sealed indictments with no perp walks?
    And the problem with this app is that it was developed by a well-meaning college kid with his head up his butt!

    They have out-Kafka’d Kafka.

     
  5. For some reason, it doesn’t work on Democrats…

     
  6. CogitoErgoSumantra

    Who needs an app when they’ve got Ronan Farrow and the New Yorker?

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/senate-democrats-investigate-a-new-allegation-of-sexual-misconduct-from-the-supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaughs-college-years-deborah-ramirez

    I saw/read this in paraphrased form via Yahoo News (possibly the worst news service, but fun to read the conservatives’ comments on each article). It looks even shadier than the Blasey-Ford allegation:

    “After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I. to investigate Kavanaugh’s role in the incident. “I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted,” she said.”

    “The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party. The magazine contacted several dozen classmates of Ramirez and Kavanaugh regarding the incident. Many did not respond to interview requests; others declined to comment, or said they did not attend or remember the party.”

    Sheesh. Kavanaugh denied it as a smear campaign.

     
  7. Citizens spying against and reporting on fellow citizens has always been a tenet of totalitarian governments.

    This is the same thing, only it’s happening in America.

    What I am wondering is when are the males in this country (and we are the intended targets of this insanity) going to start pushing back forcefully?

    -Or have testosterone levels really dropped as far as I have been hearing?

     
  8. And I hope this Soscia guy has plenty of money set aside to pay his legal fees.

    I have a feeling he is going to need all he can get.

     

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