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App to report sexual harassment runs out of funding
A mobile application to help women report incidents of sexual harassment around Brussels has been discontinued due to lack of funding.
Touche Pas à Ma Pote (don't touch my friend) made it possible to alert police - and other nearby app users - to incidents of street harassment and sexual violence and was inspired by Handsaway, a similar service in France.
It received two years of public funding in 2017 from the Brussels and Walloon regions and, after launching in March 2018, attracted 2,480 downloads - short of the 6,000 target. The app was used 100 times by women to report incidents.
"Our not-for-profit association no longer has the means to ensure the ongoing licensing and maintenance of this application," said Touche Pas à Ma Pote president Béa Ercolini.
The organisation hopes the app can be resurrected by the end of the year. It plans to appeal to private backers - and a Growfunding campaign will also be launched shortly.