One in five women are sexually assaulted in college, and many men are as well.
Less than 10% of students who are sexually harassed or assaulted report their harassment or assault to the college. Even when students do report, they often find the process of reporting to be very difficult or traumatic.
It is estimated that 90% of sexual assaults are committed by repeat offenders, but given current reporting rates these repeat offenders are rarely caught. Survivors currently have no way of knowing whether or not their assailant is a repeat offender. Survivors who know or suspect that their assailant is a repeat offender are more likely to report their assault.
Students should be able to report harassment or assault in a way that addresses their needs and concerns. And colleges need to know how often sexual harassment and assault is actually occuring on campus, and what they can do to stop it.
Callisto is designed to give students reporting sexual assault greater agency in the reporting process.
Students will be able to record an account of what happened, get advice on what evidence to collect and save, and store this record and any images online.
Students can have the report sent to the proper university body or the police. They can also report it to the school anonymously, without their name or the perpetrator's name but with information that they think would help the school prevent future assaults. Or they can just save the record, timastamped when it was stored, and decide later if they want to take any action.
Students saving a report can decide whether they want to automatically report if someone else reports the same assailant.
The is a project of the 501(c)3 non-profit Sexual Health Innovations. Sexual Health Innovations is dedicated to building technology that improves sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. The non-profit has successfully created multiple websites before dealing with sensitive issues in sexual health and wellbeing, such as the STD partner notification website So They Can Know.
Sexual Health Innovations is in the process of forming an Advisory Board for Callisto and reaching out to other organizations in the fields of sexual harassment and assault to partner with. We are also seeking funding to conduct the formative research for this project, create a prototype of the reporting system, and pilot the system.
Help us turn this project into a reality! We are fundraising to create a prototype of the reporting system and to conduct a pilot with one or more colleges. Sexual Health Innovations, the non-profit running Callisto, is a 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations are tax deductable.
If you would like us to contact a school about piloting or using Callisto, please fill out the form below.