Love my tech women. Love Environmental Justice projects. Alicia Carr is a superstar in my book. She has created an app that encompasses technical prowess with an environmental justice momentum. Read on.
Alicia Carr isn’t your typical tech founder. Having discovered her love for coding later in life, she’s using her newfound talent for a good cause. Her app, The Purple PocketBook, was established as an effort to empower women experiencing domestic violence with the essential tools required to develop a safe, secure exit plan. As someone who’s had family and friends fall victim to domestic violence, Carr wants her app to help the millions suffering from abuse across the country. We recently connected with Alicia to get the scoop on her and her app.
In this series, you will hear from six survivors of domestic violence about why they didn’t leave sooner. The stories — told in their own words — are as distinct as they are similar. One woman suffered a brutal week of abuse before fleeing. Others stayed for decades trying to make things work. Two women were shot, the bullets narrowly missing their hearts. Another endured years of incessant stalking.
The proximity of their murders—Steenkamp posted a tribute to Booysen to her Instagram just days before her own death—presents an unavoidable reminder that gender-based violence cuts across society and cannot be dismissed as a problem faced only by others. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, the gory glitter of Steenkamp’s murder has overshadowed Booysen’s death in the international media.)
English: Bias crime victim Alejandro Galindo and his wife Blanca, speaking at an anti-violence rally on Staten Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Victim Blaming and Effecting Change
How does blaming the victim work for us? Read this article by Michelle Sicignano, LMSW, SJS Staff Writter
A 2005 article by Levin, Palmor, Branch, & Harris, in the Encyclopedia of Ageism, 52-53 provides a wonderful definition for understanding victim blaming. “Victim blaming is the tendency to attribute a problem to the characteristics of the people who are its victims. An important function of victim blaming is that it allows those in the advantaged segment of society to avoid blaming themselves for the problems experienced by a subordinate group. From this viewpoint, little reason exists for the members of a majority group to address issues of inequity, discrimination, or bigotry.” Victim blaming alleviates the burden of guilt for doing nothing.