A new smartphone app is seeking to clarify consent pertaining to sexual relations in an effort to reduce sexual assaults on campus.
The Good2Go app will prompt both parties to go on record giving their consent as well as their sobriety level prior to participating in any sexual relations.
A recently signed bill by Governor Jerry Brown makes California the first state to require “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity” on college campuses.
According to Sandton Technologies, LLC, the company who produced the app, when a person is interested in having sexual relations, they simply pull up the app and hand it to their partner, who will read a screen that states “Are we good to go?” and can then assess their mutual interest by clicking on “No, Thanks,” “Yes, but … we need to talk,” or “I’m Good2Go.”
The first selection will prompt another screen that reads “Remember! No means No! Only Yes means Yes, BUT can be changed to NO at any time!”
The second selection will cause the app to pause so that the two parties can talk to each other.
The last option prompts a screen asking if users are “Sober,” “Mildly Intoxicated,” “Intoxicated but Good2Go,” or “Pretty Wasted.”
If the user selects “Pretty Wasted” the app selects “No, Thanks” for them, and will not allow them to consent. The new law does not allow consent to be given from someone who is drunk, drugged or unconscious.
If any of the other options are selected, the app will ask the user for their phone number to confirm their identity. Answers will be stored within the app, but not the person’s phone number.
“We hope Good2Go will facilitate communication between two consenting adults, which will result in fewer situations in which one party is uncomfortable, unwilling, or unable to give consent for sexual activity,” reads the company webpage.
Critics argue that because the app keeps track of previous agreements, it cannot take into account when someone changes their minds concerning consent.
Good2Go says no one can access information stored in their database, unless a “proper request has been made by appropriate authorities, such as law enforcement or a university as part of an investigation.” However, this doesn’t mean that the information stored could not be accessed by hackers, or transferred to another company in the event that Good2Go is bought out.
One of the creators, Lee Ann Allman, said she had the idea for the app after noticing during a discussion about sexual assault with her college-aged children that they were confused about the topic.
“Good2Go facilitates clear communication between potential partners while educating them in the language of affirmative consent”, said Lee Ann Allman, president of Santon Technologies. “As parents of college students, we knew that they and their friends were aware of the problem of sexual assaults and miscommunication on college campuses, but they weren’t sure what they were supposed to be saying or doing. Good2Go was created to help them navigate these situations quickly and privately, thereby reducing assaults and unwanted or regretted encounters.”
The privately-funded app is available for download on Android and iOS.