The Issue

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. 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.

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

So many of the ideas you discussed [when describing Callisto] would have made my experience easier to deal with. The problems with reporting were too many for me (especially since it was an acquaintance). 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 was developed with the insight and input of over 100 college survivors, as well as experts in the fields of trauma, sexual assault prevention, data security, web accessibility, and legal compliance.

Callisto is a survivor-centered tool that creates a safe and supportive online space for students to learn about and report sexual assault without pressures or judgement.

We believe that survivors can be empowered to make the decisions that are right for them if they know their options, understand the process, and have agency over how their story is shared. Callisto is based on the understanding that every survivor is different, as are their experiences, reactions, and needs.

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

The Features

  • Explore custom content about reporting options and support services
  • Confidentially save time-stamped details of what happened.
  • Electronically report details of an assault directly to the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Report the perpetrator only if someone else names the same person.