Council plans to use Hollaback! app to track and assess street harassment

The app allows users to submit reports of street harassment, assault and violence.

The app allows users to submit reports of street harassment, assault and violence. (8/19/13)

BROOKLYN - City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn and other council members are planning to use a cellphone app to see where safety improvements are most needed in parts of the borough.

The plan seeks to allocate resources more effectively in an effort to combat street harassment with information gathered from the app Hollaback!

The app allows users to submit reports of street harassment, assault and violence.

According to a study conducted by Hollaback! and the Worker Institute at Cornell University, 96 percent of respondents reported that they or a colleague had been targeted by street harassment, with only 5 percent reporting the incident to security or a city authority.

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