A New Resource: Callisto
New in 2017 to the University of Oregon, we contracted with Callisto to provide an additional option for students to disclose and record experiences of sex or gender-based discrimination, harassment or violence, including stalking, bullying, dating and domestic violence. “Callisto is a nonprofit that creates technology to combat sexual assault, empower survivors, and advance justice.” This online resource is a way for students to record securely and privately what happened to them, and to document the experience in a way that can help preserve important information should a student later wish to make an official report.
According to Callisto, this tool offers students three basic choices –
- 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.
- 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.”
NOTE: It is important to know that while the Callisto site offers information about UO resources, simply visiting that site is not that same as requesting assistance from the university. Unless you contact UO in some way (such as calling SAFE, talking to the Office of Crisis Intervention or emailing the Title IX Coordinator), the university will not be aware or initiating outreach to you.