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Create A Safe Platform For AWDTSG

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I’m Paola Sanchez and I created and operate “AWDTSG” Red Flag Awareness groups all around the world where women can empower each other and keep each other safe from dangerous and/or toxic men.

I first started these groups to help solve some of the problems and dangers that me and my friends were experiencing with dating. We hit on a winning formula, and have grown to have over 200 groups with over 4,300,000 members in less than 2 years. So we’ve stumbled onto something a lot of women are struggling with and are definitely onto something here... but this hasn’t come without some struggles.

This campaign was originally started after Facebook abruptly disabled all of our admin accounts at once, greatly crippling our ability to effectively keep the groups safe. Thankfully they reversed their mistake and reactivated some of our accounts (including mine) about a month after deactivating them.

But that fiasco made me realize we need something better, and finally pushed me to start prioritizing some of my time towards building a new ideal platform for the lord’s work we are doing here.. one with additional safety features such as screenshot logging, anonymous commenting, and much more.

I believe that the best way to keep women even safer is to create a platform where we can do everything we’re doing in the groups, but with more specialized safety features and control over sharing.

But I realize that we need more resources to bring it into existence while continuing to operate and grow the current groups. I've started this GoFundMe to help raise as much of the development and operational costs as we can

I humbly ask you to please consider donating to support us in our efforts to help keep even more women safe

I guarantee that 100% of all money raised from this will go towards the design and development of an app or any necessary help in running the groups. I absolutely promise that 0% will go in my own pocket ❤️

I sincerely appreciate all of the support you've continued to give us! You ladies seriously mean the world to me! With your help we have a real opportunity to help dating get better for women everywhere.

- Paola ❤️

P.S. To receive updates on development, please follow me on Instagram @hownowpaopao ( or enter your email on this simple web form I set up ( My instagram will be the main account to check for updates on the off chance more groups get deleted, so follow it for a place to regroup if you want to stay connected.

P.P.S. We have looked into other existing platforms such as Discord and Reddit. It would be significantly more time consuming to determine that every member joining the group was for sure a real woman, and don’t have the robust feature set we would want. It also still doesn’t let us fine tune features to fit our specific safety concerns

EDIT! Here’s some more information I was able to write out to address common questions:

I was hoping to announce this when it was further along and when I had written out something more informative that gave away more without giving too much, but this has pushed up the timeline in having to post it, as the group could potentially disappear at any moment without warning. I’ve been developing an app based off what I’ve learned in growing these groups. We’ve actually been able to find some great technical partners. It’s not often that a concept gets validated and refined by a preexisting user base of millions of members, so that was very attractive in securing help.

If you're interested in giving a larger scale donation and having more details would be necessary for you to do so, please DM Dianne with the details around what you're thinking in terms of your investment, and in return I can happily provide you with more on the concept, as well as timetables, budgets, etc. It doesn’t seem like a great idea to publicly release all of that information, as there’s already competition in the market, and competing startups who may be able to use that information in their own plans. But I’m happy to share more in the right circumstances

I know this will take more than 50,000$. Any dollar previously given was reinvested. Even if I said it was for a coffee, I really just used it to cover paying others, design and development costs, legal expenses and filings, etc. I also invested my own savings into this, and had a small family and friends round.

I have had offers from institutional investors, and will leverage them if need be. But I wanted to attempt this GoFundMe campaign as a way to not have to rely on investment capital so early, and be able to keep more of the company in the hands of women ❤️


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Paola Sanchez
Brooklyn, NY

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