What-About-No™

The No App

How does the What-About-No™ App work?
      The person who wants to communicate the “NO” message activates the app on his or her phone. After a few seconds delay (to allow time for the phone owner to show the phone’s display to the other party), a policeman appears on screen and states “You were told NO! A video of that no message has been recorded and saved. What is it about the word no that you do not understand? No means No!” Thereafter, a stop sign appears notifying the viewer: “A video of you watching this ‘No’ message has been safely uploaded to the cloud.”
      The What-About-No™ App creates a powerful delivery of a “NO” message and gives the user the option of recording someone watching a video of a policeman stating “NO” in clear terms. The What-About-No™ App takes roughly 8-10 seconds to run.

How much does the What-About-No™ App cost?
      The What-About-No™ App is available in the Apple App Store for $5 per year as a stand-alone app, but is available for free as a part of the We-Consent™ App Suite.

How can the What-About-No™ App be used to withdraw consent?
      Should a “yes” become a “no” the What-About-No™ App provides a clear message of that. It takes 8-10 seconds. It makes a geo-coded, time-stamped video recording. This recording is a backup for those times when a verbal “no” is insufficient. Note, due to various state law restrictions, the video recording will contain no audio. It is important to remember that if one party want to withdraw consent, then the ongoing activity needs to cease. The very act of reaching for one’s phone and playing a warning message can be very powerful.
      The What-About-No™ App is ideally used in situations where one person needs to underscore their dialogue of not giving consent with a dramatic video. The What-About-No™ App can be an important tool in situations where one party perceives that he or she is on the receiving end of psychological coercion. The What-About-No™ App should NOT be used in situations where imminent physical coercion is displayed as its use could aggravate tensions.

And if the “No” message is ignored?
      The unfortunate truth is that unwanted sexual encounters occur to more than 25% of females and more than 5% of males at some point during their undergraduate career. While we hope that more upfront discussion and using the We-Consent™ App and What-About-No™ App will help lessen those numbers, assaults will still occur. For such situations the We-Consent™ App Suite includes the I’ve-Been-ViolatedTM App.

What about the risk of unintended consent?
      The risk of unintended consent refers to the risk of allowing a perpetrator to get recorded consent for one behavior then engage in other behaviors, without consent, and claim consent was given. It assumes that the victim has somehow been prevented from expressing a “no” at the appropriate moment or is unwilling to interrupt the encounter. If the desired message is “no,” then the sexual activities have stopped and prior activities will indeed be interrupted. The victim has every freedom (absent real or threatened physical coercion) to say “no,” get up, break away, reach for a phone or clothing, and if necessary to scream or deliver a kick to the groin.