Inspiration

This was inspired as a result of recent Facebook social media trend in my country, Nigeria where rape survivors found it difficult to come out publicly due to the stigma and guilt they face as a result of the experience.

What it does Stigmatized do

Stigmatized is dedicated to helping people of prior sexual assault. The Facebook Messenger Chat Bot is intended to identify with rape survivors and converse with them in a friendly tone, it recommend steps from the helpguide.org to help them to recover from any trauma that follows and overcome the guilt that follows and pursue legal action.

How I built it

I used a Node.js back-end along with a Heroku server to implement our Facebook Messenger Chatbot. Then I employed Facebook Wit.ai NLP to process user input and provide adequate response.

Challenges I ran into

I had issues deploying to the heroku server, Time was also a factor and considering my country Nigeria power supply and internet connectivity was a big challenge too.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I was able to implement a chat bot for something that I'm so passionate about.

What I learned

I came in to this hackathon with no experience using Wit.ai or even app server deployment. This has exposed me and even though I cannot say I'm very good at it now, I believe it is a great step and what I have learnt on Natural Language Processing, I'm sure the coming years will be a busy one with NLP in mind.

What's next for Stigmatized

Stigmatized is far from perfect, being someone with a quest for humanitarian activities, I intend to use it to bring that to actuality but that cannot be done if the idea is not fully established.

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