7 out of 10 rape victims are paralyzed

“It is dangerous when my voice is not heard because of a loud alarm sound.”

 

This is a comment about existing assault alarms from one of the first surveys I conducted in my Master Thesis before Alarmwear. I think it is a very common misconception to think that "if I get exposed for a crime, I will be able to scream”. Unfortunately, reality does not always look that way. In fact, 7 out of 10 rape victims are paralyzed when subjected for a crime (source: researchers at Södersjukhuset and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden), which really gives some perspective on that your body and reactions inevitably are somewhat unpredictable. We cannot determine in advance how our mind and body will react in an eminent crisis. We have all heard tired phrases like "yes, but why didn't she resist, scream, or escape?". And that is why it is so encouraging that one can finally ascertain and prove with the support of relevant research that: “because she simply could not”. If there is one thing that I can be sure of, it is the fact that every woman had moved or fought - if it had been possible – when subjected for a crime. No one makes the active choice to be paralyzed.

 

When it comes to existing assault alarms before Alarmwear, I believe it is noteworthy that they use the sound of a traditional car alarm. For how many of us really react particularly strongly to such a normalized sound as a car alarm? Many women including me have stated that: "If I was actually exposed to an assault, I want the environment to know that something serious is happening to me, so that someone or some people can intervene as soon as possible". Therefore, we at Alarmwear made the active choice to use a loud, genuine sound of a screaming woman in panic in our assault alarms, just to increase the chances of someone intervening, but also to create a situation where the perpetrator will avert or interrupt the assault and does not want to remain in place.

Linn Gerhardsson

Founder and CEO