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New app allows learners to report illegal activities anonymously

Learners can report wrongdoings such as racism, bullying and domestic violence anonymously.

FILE: The information will then be forwarded to the company or specific members at registered schools who will examine the matter further. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - A newly-launched application hopes to give school pupils the confidence to report illegal activities under a blanket of anonymity.

Founder Marc Hardwick says The Guardian, a special child abuse investigations company, has been developing the app over the past six months.

Any school learner can report wrongdoings such as racism, bullying and domestic violence anonymously by downloading the app.

The information will then be forwarded to the company or specific members at registered schools who will examine the matter further.

He says when children experience trauma they move into "an emotion of shame".

"The challenge is that their biggest fear is embarrassment, which means they would have to disclose the shame that they've experienced by telling someone. We are trying to move away from that challenge by giving them the ability to disclose anonymously."

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