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Ground-breaking phone app will save lives

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GROUND-BREAKING PHONE APP WILL SAVE LIVES WHAT/WHEN: Presentation launch of app prototype at 1pm TODAY (SA time) WHERE: The Carly Ryan Foundation at 10 Sturt Valley Road, Stirling, SA. WHO: Sonya Ryan from the Carly Ryan Foundation, Chris Robinson one of the app designer from Apparitions Digital, and Nick Xenophon. • In addition to law reform push against online predators, the app will be a powerful tool to prevent harm. A prototype for a new and innovative crime-prevention mobile phone application (app) will be launched today by the Carly Ryan Foundation, along with a plea for the funding needed to make it freely available for all Australians. The launch follows the news that Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, will be introducing legislation next month to make it a criminal offence for an adult to attempt to meet a child after lying about their age online to the child. Independent SA MLC John Darley will also be pushing for a similar change at a state level next month. The ground-breaking phone app will have three features - ‘crisis, connect, capture’, which will allow the user to send a distress message showing their exact location to designated emergency contacts (eg. a parent, partner, friend). The ‘capture’ function will allow the user to photograph the threatening person and instantly send to the emergency contacts. Unlike other apps, this free app can be easily downloaded and send details and location within four seconds. The app is designed by Chris Robinson and Mitchell Stapleton-Coory from Apparitions Digital, who came up with the idea with Sonya Ryan. “This app is like an emergency bracelet,” said Sonya, 2013 South Australian of the Year, whose daughter Carly was murdered by an online predator at an SA beach in February 2007. “It will provide extra safety and peace of mind.” “The cost of providing the app to all Australians is likely to be in the region of $50,000. I’ll be pushing really hard for State and Federal funding for such a key crime prevention measure,” Nick said. For more information contact Alex Taylor on 0433 620 850, Nick Xenophon on 0411 626 677, Chris Robinson on 0423 535 286, Sonya Ryan on 0428 718 841.