Reporting Sexual Assaults with Callisto

One in five women are sexually assaulted on college campuses (source). Some sources claim this number is even higher since many often go unreported. As many as 90% of sexual assaults are from repeat offenders who get off the hook too easily since many survivors don’t report. Here’s how one company, Callisto, is addressing this problem by creating an easy-to-use online reporting tool that helps identify repeat offenders by providing survivors with a confidential and secure way to record an assault.

According to Callisto on a TED talk, less than 10% of survivors will ever report their assault to the police or to the school that it took place at. On average, the people that do report it, wait 11 months before they officially file a report. Frankly, many survivors don’t want to deal with coming forward and talking about their traumatic experience which is why this tool is so vital.

With Callisto, survivors can create secure, encrypted, and time-stamped records of their sexual assault in order to preserve evidence on their own terms – at a place, time and pace that works according to their schedule.

One of the issues with typical reporting is that some survivors worry about the “he said, she said” aspect and worry that they won’t be believed. With Callisto, the reporting is unintimidating and they have an option to hold off on sending the report until someone else names the same perpetrator. Basically, this unique software allows survivors to store information about their perpetrator under the precondition that it will only be released if another student names the same perpetrator. This software gives the survivors more confidence since they know they are not alone.

Callisto estimates that they could prevent 59% of sexual assault just by stopping sexual perpetrators early on. "We can create a world where there's a real deterrent to violating the rights of another human being," says Jessica Ladd, CEO of Callisto.

To get involved, visit Callisto