“We want to make sure people know we are there to support him,” said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander, who added that he planned to urge his own daughters to download the app.
Wednesday’s unveiling came at a John A. Wilson Building news conference months after questions were raised about the D.C. police department’s handling of sexual assaults in a lengthy report by the nonprofit Human Rights Watch.
A later D.C. Council review raised questions about the group’s sweeping conclusions, and Quander said Wednesday that the report’s allegations had nothing to do with the app or the city’s larger effort to improve sexual assault reporting.
Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham, who spoke at the Wednesday news conference, said sexual assaults remain “largely underreported” and suggested a significant rise in sexual assaults between 2011 and 2012 was due to better reporting rather than a marked increase in sexual violence.
“It’s not necessarily a bad thing when you have an increase in the reporting of sexual assaults,” he said.