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MU professor helps create sexual violence prevention app

Tina Bloom
Sinclair School of Nursing

  In 2010 Yeardley Love, a student at the University of Virginia, was killed by her boyfriend. In her honor, the One Love Foundation was created and the foundation funded development and research for One Love MyPlann app. 

Tina Bloom, an assistant professor of Nursing in Sinclair School of Nursing, helped create the app says how women between the ages of 18 to 24 are at the greatest risk for violence in a relationship.

“It’s an age group that often doesn’t reach out to hotlines or shelters, but many of them have smart phones and many of them will talk to a friend,” said Bloom.

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, one in three women in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 

“What’s nice about the app is that it provides an assessment tool for people to see different red flags in relationships and be able to take this with them where they go. Whether they are in an intimate relationship or whether someone they know is and they’re seeing signs they think might be unhealthy.”

According to a press release by The One Love Foundation, 3-4 million women in the U.S. are abused.

“I’m excited to see it out in the world and to know that it is making a difference,” Bloom said.