Scientists Have Invented A Device For Your Bra That Can Detect Sexual Assault

24 July 2017, 15:11

Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

It's called "Intrepid" and it's badass.

MIT researchers have pioneered a technology they say will help detect sexual assaults in progress. Sexual assault across the world have become an epidemic that needs to be urgently addressed. That's why a team of researchers at MIT created a discreet and proactive device that could help save lives. 

The device is a multilayered strip of material with an adhesive back that can go inside a person's bra, underwear, or other clothing. 

via MIT Media Lab

If the bra, for instance, is handled aggressively (the way it might be during an assault) the device will send a message to the wearer's phone asking if they have consented to the encounter. 

If the wearer does not respond within 20 seconds, their phone will emit a loud alarm sound and notify the members in their chosen "safety circle" of their geolocation.

The safety circle consists of contacts (close friends, family members) that you would want to reach during an emergency. Along with the device comes a downloadable app that will carry out these actions in the event of an emergency. 

The device will also place a phone call (to a contact in your circle) that records the sounds or conversations taking place around you. This is so that a potential victim can use the recording in legal proceedings in order to secure a conviction against their assailant. 

via MIT Media Lab

This groundbreaking device called Intrepid was created by an MIT researcher named Manisha Mohan, who believes that "sexual assault is a disease in our society which needs an immediate cure." 

The combination of social purpose and engineering creates a very real chance to do something good and innovative in the world. It is estimated that every 98 seconds a person in the United States is sexually assaulted. While this device won't change the mindset of people who assault others, it will make it harder to carry out these crimes in the dark.