DENVER -- A Denver-based startup, Revolar, has created a tiny device that empowers potential rape victims with technology that could save their lives.
“I started Revolar because my little sister was assaulted twice before the age of 17,” CEO and founder Jacqueline Ros said.
Ros has made it her life’s mission to change the way people think about rape and help people keep their loved ones safe.
Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til it Happens to You” at the Oscars brought to light the issue of sexual assault and the survivors, and Revolar was in full support.
“Four years ago, nobody wanted to talk to me about sexual assault,” Ros said. “There’s still people that say 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 [people will be sexually assaulted in the U.S.] is exaggerated statistics, but now we can prove that.”
Revolar is small enough to put on a key chain or clip on your belt. If you feel uncomfortable or are in danger, a double press sends a yellow alert and a triple press sends a red alert to your Revolar contacts -- complete with your GPS location. You can set up to 10 contacts to receive the alerts.
“Not only are we starting conversations, but now when somebody presses it, their family member or friend can say what happened and the healing process can begin,” Ros said.
Revolar is a personal safety device, but the creator’s hopes and goals are much bigger. It's to lead a cultural change.
“Finally, there is enough of a community of survivors that know they are not alone that know it’s not their fault and willing to stand up,” Ros said.
Revolar went from a kick-starter to closing more than $3 million in funding, including a grant from the state. It is shipping out all of its preorders next month and hopes to be in stores by the end of April.