Callisto is a web-based college sexual assault reporting system developed by the nonprofit Sexual Health Innovations (SHI). Designed in partnership with assault survivors, Callisto creates an empowering reporting process for individuals, provides colleges with increased data and visibility into sexual assault on campus, and facilitates the identification of repeat assailants. Callisto is being piloted at two universities during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Sexual assault is a pervasive problem on American college campuses. An estimated 20% of women, 7% of men, and 24% of trans and gender nonconforming students are sexually assaulted during their college career. Less than 10% of college assault survivors report to administrators, local police, campus security, or other authorities. This low reporting rate is a result of the significant stigma that continues to be associated with sexual assault.
Callisto provides a confidential and secure way to create a time-stamped record of an assault, learn about reporting options and support resources, and report electronically to campus authorities. It also enables survivors to report their assault only if someone else reports the same assailant. This innovative matching system is the first of its kind, and it means that survivors who won't come forward alone can come forward together.
The ultimate goal of Callisto is to help create a world where survivors are supported and sexual assault is rare and unacceptable.