The Issue

Campus sexual assault is pervasive

An estimated 20% of women, 7% of men, and 24% of trans and gender nonconforming students are sexually assaulted during their college career.

Reporting is low

Less than 10% of college assault survivors report to administrators, police or other authorities. Those who do report wait an average of 11 months.

There are many reasons why survivors don’t report and why they often delay. The vast majority (85%) of college sexual assault survivors know their assailant. It often takes time for survivors to label what happened to them as assault or to want to report. College students also often fear they won’t be believed, that their friends or parents will find out, or that they’ll experience negative social repercussions.

Repeat perpetrators are not stopped

An estimated 90% of sexual assaults are committed by repeat perpetrators. When survivors do report, the most common motivation is to protect their community. This means that many survivors would report if they knew their assailant was a repeat perpetrator, but survivors currently have no way of knowing if their own assailant falls in this category.

Social pressure, shame, fear, confusion on what legal action would mean or if I would succeed — all of those things stopped me and I still wonder what I actions I could or 'should' have taken
― Female survivor, 25

Our Approach

Callisto’s online system allows students to document and report their sexual assault. Our trauma-informed platform both increases the chances that a survivor will report, and that they will experience improved emotional and adjudicative outcomes. Survivors who visited the Callisto Campus website were 5x more likely to report their assault to their school or the police than survivors who did not.

We recognize that survivors most often report in order to protect their community, and that the actions of a survivor can spur systemic change. By empowering students to report, Callisto helps to stop perpetrators sooner and creates a deterrent for other would-be perpetrators. Our system also provides universities with the data they need to implement the most effective policies to respond to — and prevent — sexual assault.

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I was raped during the first week of my freshman year, and I can't even count the number of people I know who have been sexually assaulted during their college career. I wish there would've been more education about sexual assault in general as well as reporting options and support services.
― Anonymous survivor

Callisto offers students three options:

  • Record. Survivors can create secure, encrypted, and time-stamped records about their sexual assault. On average, survivors who report begin the process 11 months after experiencing sexual assault. Callisto allows students to immediately preserve evidence on their own terms, at a time, place, and pace that is best for them.
  • Report. Survivors can electronically send the record they have created to their school. This equips schools with a detailed account of what happened before the student ever meets with them. Reports submitted through Callisto led to more rapid and thorough investigations and reduced the chances for human error.
  • Match. Survivors can help schools identify repeat offenders using Callisto’s matching function. This option allows survivors to store information about their perpetrator under the precondition that it will only be released to the school if another student names the same perpetrator.