The University of San Francisco announced today it will become the first higher education institution to implement Callisto, a new online reporting system for campus sexual assaults.
Callisto, designed by the nonprofit organization Sexual Health Innovations, is a third-party online reporting system designed for colleges using input from rape survivors.
The system allows an alleged victim to hold back on submitting their report unless someone else reports the same assailant, or to save their file with a timestamp and come back at a later point to turn in their report. Sexual Health Innovations hopes the system can get more victims to come forward, identify serial perpetrators and mitigate responses by school or law enforcement officials that may exacerbate trauma experienced by a victim.
"Millennials are much more accustomed to finding things online," said Peter Novak, vice provost of student life at USF. "It doesn't negate their coming to a real person, but at least it gives them some assistance and help before they do so." [via @HuffingtonPost]
"The data we'll get from Callisto will really help us hone in on our own prevention efforts," Novak said.
Callisto will launch at USF in the fall, as will the university's campus climate survey. USF will still have in-person reporting options and confidential counseling available for campus assault.