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Keighley man's phone app to tackle sex crime
The fight to stop paedophile sex groomers has gone mobile, thanks to the efforts of a Keighley man.
Skipton Road resident, Shakeel Aziz, has developed a new smartphone app, which is specifically designed to spread the anti-sex grooming message.
He has distilled his own experiences of running workshops to ensure young men do not commit this crime into a jargon-free, no-nonsense guide into what sex grooming is and how youngsters can be protected from it.
The new app for iPhones and Androids is called Sexual Grooming Awareness and has already gone live. It is now available to buy online from the official Apple Store and Google Play, priced £1.49.
Mr Aziz, 30, is delighted with how effectively his work to combat sex groomers has been translated into the new device.
“The design process took 12 weeks,” he added. “It’s come out really well – the designer has done a fantastic job.
“The app is very basic and to-the-point, which is exactly what I wanted.
“In the time I’ve been working on this issue, I’ve been hearing the same questions about sex grooming come up again and again from parents, teachers, the police, young people and social workers. This is an accessible way of getting answers to many of these questions.”
The app features a video of a Powerpoint presentation, and its text section features subheadings such as: l How do young girls fall victim to sex grooming?
l How do groomers operate?
l How can young people be protected?; and l Is sex grooming an issue of race or ethnicity?’ Mr Aziz, who recently completed a degree in peace studies and politics, said: “This app is there for everyone because what is needed to stop any type of social crime is to first have awareness of what that crime is.
“I can see parents, teachers and social workers making use of the app, but also general members of the public as well.”