Augusta girl, 17, launches app designed to combat sexual violence

by jovan1984

Augusta, Ga. – An Augusta-Richmond County teen girl has launched an app that is actually very important.

Anika Kablan, 17, of Augusta, Ga., officially launched an app called Recoup Incorporated this week. The app, which is designed to combat sexual violence, is available on the IPad.

 

“I tried to create an app that could actually help people that is actually useful rather than trying to create a game or anything like that,” said the Davidson Fine Arts High School senior.

She told WJBF-DT News Channel 6 what her plan was for putting her computer programming skills to use in making an app: “Try to lower the risks of sex crimes or being a potential victim of that.”

Ms. Kablan taught herself to code in 2013, when she was 13 years old. She later attended a Girls Who Code event. She created the Recoup app using a program called Make School.

Recoup is a one-stop-shop for people who need anything from how to report a sex crime to a local law enforcement agency to simply dialing 911 right there and then.

“You can find hotlines available 24/7. You can look up first aid, which basically has a list of the steps you take in order to address a wound such as bleeding or choking. You can call 911 from there,” said Ms. Kablan.

Ms. Kablan also adds that the app is not only for women and girls. Men and boys can also download Recoup and call 911 if a woman sexually assaults him.

Brittany Bing, a counselor for the CSRA chapter of Rape Crisis, said victims with the app can truly be empowered.  “This is a crime that is highly under reported because of the stigma. There is a lot of shame and blame.”

Many people across the US do not know some places such as Rape Crisis is an around-the-clock service. With the app now on the IPad, Bing said that means they no longer have to wait.

Ms. Kablan told WJBF-DT that Recoup will be available on Android tablets and phones soon.

“I feel ecstatic,” she said. “I have the capability to do this and I can do more. I just have excitement.”