Mobile phone app unveiled to help tackle street harassment in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 10:02 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 29 November 2018

Picture: Jimmy Lee Photography

Picture: Jimmy Lee Photography

Jimmy Lee

A new mobile app has been launched to help tackle street harassment.

NOYO, short for Not On Your Own, allows users to report catcalls, groping and stalking on a map, so that users are aware of harassment hotspots around the borough, Barking and Dagenham Council announced on Tuesday.

The free tool, developed by the council and Barking Dagenham Community Voluntary Service, was the brainchild of the winning team at February’s Gender Equality Hackathon in Barking Library.

“The app will be the first step in driving street harassment out of our borough, and by using it we can try help make our streets the safest in London,” said Cllr Lynda Rice, the council’s spokeswoman for equality and diversity.

“Whether you are a victim or a bystander, if you see it, report it.”

NOYO, also available on the Google Play Store, is not a substitute for contacting the police.

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