PartyFavor is a hybrid voice recorder, location sensor and alert system. Users can create voice recordings of their nights out, and when the app hears unique code words, it sends alerts and a location to the user’s emergency contacts.
McIntosh reached out to sophomore Max Young to design the app, which they launched in October.
“It’s a really big issue on every college campus,” Young said. “So far everyone has been on board to help us try to stop this.”
The app is geared toward women, McIntosh said, though it can be helpful for anyone.
“Men can feel in danger too,” he said. “Men can feel threatened, and sometimes people forget that.”
Lindsey Breslin, hotline supervisor for Lafayette-based advocacy group Moving to End Sexual Assault, said though reducing risk is good, the app may give people a false sense of security.
“While it’s well-intentioned in wanting to reduce risk, there are a lot of other dynamics with sexual assault. I don’t want people to think they’re safe because their app is on,” Breslin said.