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With recent advances in On-skin technologies such as iSkin , skin-worn sensors can detect touch inputs with different levels of pressure. We envision a system where such sensors could be put in the form of henna on those parts of users’ body that are most susceptible to be grabbed (such as shoulder, arms, thighs, etc.) by an assailant during a sexual assault in scenarios such as while walking on the road. When grabbed with force (threshold to be found via user study), the worn skin sensors could detect an intense grab and communicate it to the users’ smart phone via Bluetooth. Depending upon the intensity and instances of grabs (sensed by the sensor) at the same time, the seriousness of the attack (such as number of assailants involved) could also be approximated. Accordingly, this could lead users’ smart phone speaker to raise an alarm and send instant messages to the nearby authorities, friends and family for immediate help.