Callisto

Tech to combat sexual assault & harassment

San Francisco, CA   |  www.projectcallisto.org

Mission

Callisto is a non-profit organization that builds technology to combat sexual assault and professional sexual coercion, empower survivors, and advance justice.

Ruling year info

2012

Founder and Executive Director

Ms. Jess Ladd

Main address

1616 Castro St

San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

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Formerly known as

Sexual Health Innovations

EIN

45-4011283

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

An estimated twenty percent of women, seven percent of men, and twenty four percent of trans or gender non-conforming individuals are sexually assaulted during their lifetime. The recent #MeToo movement has highlighted the pervasive nature of sexual assault and professional sexual coercion in the United states. Power structures that are deeply entrenched in institutions and communities perpetuate the high social deterrents that victims face to reporting their experience. and no viable avenue for pursuing justice, survivors have few options to protect their communities from further assault.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Callisto Campus

Callisto Campus is a web-based college sexual assault recording and reporting platform designed to provide a more empowering reporting experience for survivors, facilitate the identification of repeat assailants, and improve data on campus sexual assault.

Population(s) Served

In 2018, Callisto expanded its work to address sexual assault and professional sexual coercion in the workplace. Callisto Expansion connects victims of serial perpetrators of sexual misconduct with a Legal Options Counselor who can help them navigate their next steps and, where appropriate, put victims in touch with each other. Callisto is launching this platform in the tech industry.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Callisto envisions a world where sexual assault is rare, and survivors are supported. Callisto is a non-profit technology organization that creates websites that allow victims of sexual assault and professional sexual coercion to securely create an entry of their assault, connect with other victims of their same perpetrator, and receive legal counseling on their options to pursue justice. This work is built around a central thesis: Empowering victims of sexual misconduct to take coordinated and informed action to protect their communities can prevent the majority of sexual assault in the United States.

Through a series of online platforms, Callisto technology enables survivors of sexual assault and professional sexual coercion to take coordinated and informed action to protect their communities and seek justice. In providing accessible information, legal options counseling, and the ability to safely connect with other victims of the same perpetrator, Callisto enables victims to reclaim agency and become empowered to take informed action. This technology has a dual impact: survivors themselves are empowered in their journey toward healing, and are able to play a role in preventing future assault by creating a culture of accountability for would-be perpetrators.

By partnering with leaders in the fields of technology, justice, and personal rights Callisto uses its skills and knowledge to develop innovative and impactful programs and projects that transform sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. Callisto staff bring a combined 10+ years of experience in the fields of technology, public health, sexual health and women's rights to their work. Callisto board members and advisory board members are leaders in their respective fields and bring their expertise and enthusiasm to Callisto’s mission.

Currently in place across 13 partner institutions, Callisto Campus provides victims with trauma-informed options for reporting sexual assault. Callisto expanded in 2018 to address sexual assault and coercion in professional industries.

Callisto Campus is designed to detect repeat perpetrators and empower victims to make the reporting decision that feels right for them. The flagship online system provides survivors with three options:

Write: Save time-stamped written records of a sexual assault

Match: Report only if another victim names the same perpetrator

Report: Report directly to campus administrators, without waiting for a match

In 2018 Callisto expanded its program to support survivors in professional environments. Callisto Expansion adapts the signature matching escrow system to empower victims beyond college campuses:
Through Callisto Expansion, a survivor can create a time-stamped entry of their experience, and hold their perpetrator’s identities in escrow until another victim of the same perpetrator comes forward. When this match occurs, this triggers both survivors to be put in touch with their own legal advocate, or Legal Options Counselor. The Legal Options Counselor, an unbiased third-party attorney paid by Callisto, will consult the survivor on how to best achieve their desired outcome.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Callisto

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Deborah Nucatola

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest

Term: 2013 -

Jessica Ladd

Callisto

Lynn Barclay

American Sexual Health Association

Deborah Nucatola

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest

Charlotte Gaydos

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Jim Fruchterman

Benetech

Ian Ayres

Yale Law School

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes