Using Callisto

How does it work?

Callisto offers three distinct options for survivors: 1) to record and save what happened, 2) to enter the perpetrator’s information into a matching system, or 3) to send the record of what happened directly to the UCB.

Record: Create a secure, encrypted, and time-stamped record of a sexual assault. On average, students wait 11 months before coming forward about a sexual assault. Callisto allows you to save information immediately after an incident to preserve memories and evidence. This way, if and when you decide to report, UCB is better able to investigate what happened.

Match: Help notify UCB about repeat offenders. Matching allows you to identify a perpetrator using their unique Twitter URL, which is then sent to UCB if another student enters the same perpetrator. After the match, you can then make the decision of whether or not you'd like to send your full record.

Report: Send the record you created directly to UCB. This means that UCB will have a full, detailed account of what happened before ever meeting with you.

You can save information about what happened privately and confidentially. However, if you choose to report to UCB or enter a perpetrator into the matching system, you do need to identify yourself with an email address.

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Write & Save

With Callisto, you can first just write down what happened. Only you will be able to see the record you create. It is kept secure and encrypted on Callisto until you choose to do something with it.

You don't have to do anything with this record if you don't want to. It never has to go anywhere if you don't want it to. 

It can be helpful to write down what happened within two days of the incident to preserve memories and evidence, just in case reporting is the right decision later on. 

After you save information, you'll be given the opportunity to edit your record, download a PDF of your record, or just view what you have saved. You can also choose to delete your record at any point.

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Match

You can choose to enter the perpetrator's information into Callisto's Matching System, which identifies when more than one person has identified the same perpetrator. 

After you save your record, you will be given the opportunity to enter the perpetrator into Matching. Callisto uses items such as phone number, email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts as a unique identifiers. This is to avoid matching common names. If someone else identifies the same perpetrator, the perpetrator's information, your contact information, and the other person's contact information will be sent to your school. Your full record will stay private in Callisto unless you choose to report it.

Please note that a match does not guarantee that a perpetrator is a repeat offender, only that two people have identified the same perpetrator. If/when a match is made, we will send you an email to notify you. Your school will then reach out to you to ask you to come in and speak in person. 

If you do not have information such as phone number, email, or social media accounts for your perpetrator, you will not be able to use Match at this time. However, you can still choose to report them by including their name in your record and reporting it to the school.

You can choose to just Match, to just Report, or to Match and Report. If you choose to Report and can find the perpetrator's Facebook URL, Twitter handle, Instagram account, phone number, and/or email we encourage you to enter them into our Matching System as well. This could back up someone else's story who is unsure about reporting their perpetrator. 

If a match is not found, the perpetrator's information will remain in the Matching System unless you remove it. Until you remove it, it can be matched with another person's Matching entry.

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Report

You can report to your school by sending your saved record through Callisto. Your school will then reach out to you to discuss next steps.

You can report with or without the name of your perpetrator. All questions in the record form are optional. They are created to help you process and remember what happened. 

After you save information, you can select the Report option on your dashboard. You will be asked to verify that you are a student by entering your academic email address. You will then be asked for your contact preferences so that your school can reach you in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you.

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What happens after I report?

If you report through Callisto, your report will go to Human Resources, where the local HR administrators and the Director of HR will review the report to determine if further action should be taken. They will consider things like the number of compliants, when the incident happened, what kind of evidence exists, if it was violent in nature, and if it represents danger to the community. From this information, they will determine what, if any, action should be taken next.

Your local HR adminstrator (William if you're in NY and Susan if you're in LA) will reach out to you to let you know next steps.

In the meantime, you might consider reaching out to the Director of Support and Counseling. In New York, this is Melissa Wacks, LCSW, and in Los Angeles this is Shireen Oberman, L.C.S.W. 

They can meet with you to connect you with other survivors, support groups, treatment centers and mental health practitioners, and encourage you to report to law enforcement when appropriate. They can also discuss investigations with you and offer you resources and additional support, as needed. You will be advised that an investigation will include your name, so they can share with you the implications and protections involved.

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Who should use Callisto?

It is beneficial for any survivor to document the incident. Whether or not you choose to share this documentation with anyone is up to you. Writing down the information helps solidify your memories so that if you do decide to proceed with an investigation later on, you have the most detailed and accurate information possible. Callisto will ask you a series of questions that have been specially designed to help you recall information after experiencing trauma. Emotions like fear and anxiety can impact how your brain stores memories, and Callisto is designed with this in mind.

If you have experienced sexual assault, or any unwanted sexual contact, Callisto can be a great option for you. Callisto allows you to document what happened without having to make any decisions about reporting. Callisto also clearly explains your options and different support services that may be helpful.

Callisto makes no judgments about you or your experience. Survivors of any identity can use Callisto, even if you do not—or are not sure if you—identify as a survivor.

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