Bring Callisto - A sexual assault reporting tool - to The University of Iowa
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We call upon The University of Iowa to implement Callisto, an online sexual assault reporting system, that provides sexual assault survivors with a better reporting experience, allows schools to better track the incidence of sexual assault over time, get student feedback to better prevent assault and encourage reporting, identify repeat offenders and improve the quality of evidence collected for use in investigation and judicial proceedings.
"Callisto provides survivors with a confidential and secure way to create a time-stamped record of an assault, learn about reporting options and support resources, or report electronically to campus authorities. It gives survivors the option to report their assault only if someone else names the same assailant. This matching system is the first of its kind, and it means that survivors who won’t come forward alone can come forward together. Callisto re-imagines the reporting process from a position of compassion, empathy, and support for survivors, ultimately empowering them to have greater control over their experience." - Callisto Website
Studies show that 90 percent of sexual assault is committed by 10 percent of men, and that each offender commits sexual assault roughly 6 times on average. Stopping repeat offenders could mean stopping up to 60 percent of sexual assault.
Reporting of Sexual Misconduct can be confusing, and even traumatic. The University of Iowa must do all it can to make it easier for survivors to come forward. Using Callisto will be a good first step in ensuring that survivors feel more comfortable reporting.
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