Haven Sparks Online Discussion on Sexual Assault and Campus Safety Following blogTO Article
Haven engages thousands of students, parents, and allies in the fight to stop sexual assault on university campuses following glowing articles and features.
TORONTO, September 20, 2021 — Haven, a mobile safety app company created by two University of Toronto students who believe that returning to a pre-Covid world does not mean returning to pre-COVID dangers, was featured on blogTO, a popular Toronto-based news media outlet, and spurred conversations about safety and sexual assault prevention on university campuses.
The blogTO article, titled ‘U of T students come up with solution to help prevent sexual assaults on campus,’ shared Haven’s origin story, key campus safety features, and wide-ranging support from students. The article sparked thousands on engagements on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
As of September 20, 2021, the feature has over 950 likes, 75 comments, and 120 re-shares on Facebook alone.
“We are so ecstatic that blogTO took the time to feature Haven and our mission to make the world a safer place. However, we know that we will need to work extremely hard to bring that vision into fruition following the recent events at Western University” says Haven Co-Founder and CEO Nelson Lee.
The blogTO Article and Feature can be read in full here: https://www.blogto.com/tech/2021/09/u-of-t-students-solution-help-prevent-sexual-assaults-campus/
Haven has been working for the past 6 months to create an app that helps improve campus safety. Haven was created after co-founders Nelson Lee and Ethan Hugh learned about the prevalence of sexual assaults and harassment at universities across Ontario in August 2020.
In March 2021, Haven was accepted by the University of Toronto's incubator, the Hatchery, to join their NEST 2021 Summer Program, which provided connections, mentors, and resources to help Haven succeed in its mission.
Haven released its app, ‘Haven – Safety Locator & Alert’, on the App and Google Play Store in September 2021. The Haven app can download here: bit.ly/DownloadHaven.