Sexual assault is a harrowing reality for far too many students on U.S. college campuses, yet it is estimated that fewer than 10 percent of all college campus sexual assaults are reported.
Jessica Ladd is seeking to change that. She founded an organization that has developed Callisto, a web-based innovation that provides a confidential and secure platform to report a sexual assault. The platform offers victims support resources, and provides an option to file a report with authorities if the same assailant is identified in another victim’s report.
The platform is designed to ease the potentially traumatizing process of reporting an assault and was born of Jessica’s personal experience of being assaulted as an undergraduate. She hopes the platform will result in an increase in reports, and ultimately be effective in catching repeat offenders.
MoFo’s pro bono contribution to this innovative platform is a global effort with lawyers from the privacy team in New York, Washington, D.C., and Brussels advising on data privacy and security, as well as developing collaboration agreements with participating universities.
Callisto’s platforms “have unique privacy challenges related to the collection and use of personal information,” says New York of counsel Marian Waldmann Agarwal, “but it is exciting to help Jessica bring about change by addressing sexual assault from the survivor’s point of view.”