Christine Quinn, who hopes to contest the mayor elections in New York City, has come up with a new app through which users can report incidents of sexual harassment on the streets of the city.
The app, called as Hollaback allows victims to report cases in real time and instantly send information on where, when and how they were harassed not only to the Hollaback database but also to the City Council and the mayor's office.
According to New York Daily News, the users can choose to send the information anonymously which is then compiled and added to a digital map of where in the city harassment has been occurring, block by block. A purple flag appears over each spot where an incident has been reported.
Quinn said that with the new app, NYC will be the first city to undertake an effort to gather the data needed to understand the scope of street harassment.
The report added that lower Manhattan, western and downtown Brooklyn, SoHo, the West Village and Chinatown are hot spots for harassment as revealed by the app's purple flags.