University of San Francisco Becomes First in the Nation to Adopt College Sexual Assault Reporting System

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Sexual Health Innovations, a nonprofit organization creating technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States, announced this morning that the University of San Francisco (USF) will be the first institution to adopt Callisto, an online college sexual assault recording and reporting system.

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Sexual Health Innovations is nonprofit organization dedicated to creating technology that advances sexual health. Sexual Health Innovations created Callisto, an online college sexual assault recording

“USF's adoption of Callisto demonstrates University of San Francisco’s commitment to assuming a high level of leadership in the national effort to combat campus sexual assault,” said Jessica Ladd, founder and CEO of Sexual Health Innovations.

Sexual Health Innovations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States, announced this morning that the University of San Francisco (USF) will be the first institution to adopt Callisto, an online college sexual assault recording and reporting system.

Callisto is designed to provide a more empowering, transparent, and confidential reporting experience for college sexual assault survivors, to give schools better data about campus assault, and to facilitate the identification of repeat assailants.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the University of San Francisco,” said Jessica Ladd, founder and CEO of Sexual Health Innovations. “Their adoption of Callisto demonstrates University of San Francisco’s commitment to assuming a high level of leadership in the national effort to combat campus sexual assault.”

“We know that sexual assaults are underreported on college campuses and believe that Callisto will be an important tool in helping us to combat this trend,” said Peter Novak, vice provost of Student Life at USF. “In addition to our other educational programs and services, we hope Callisto will allow us to serve students who might otherwise decide not to report. The data we will receive through Callisto will be invaluable in helping us to serve our students more effectively and comprehensively.”

“Working with Peter and his team at University of San Francisco on Callisto has been a true collaborative effort,” said Ladd. “The insights and knowledge we have gained working with USF have been transformative for the project.”

Due to its sensitive nature, the security of the information stored in Callisto is a top priority for both Sexual Health Innovations and University of San Francisco. Sexual Health Innovations has contracted with iSEC Partners, a top information security firm known as a world leader in application security and cryptographic review, to ensure that the data stored in Callisto will be held to the highest industry security standards.

“NCC Group is pleased to partner with Sexual Health Innovations to ensure that the technology in use best supports the crucial privacy goals of Callisto,” said Andrew Becherer, technical vice president at iSEC Partners.

“Sexual Health Innovations is taking every precaution to ensure the data stored in Callisto is not compromised,” said Ladd. “The privacy of the survivors who use the system is our number one priority. Our Director of Technology, Kelsey Gilmore-Innis, has surrounded herself with some of the best application security and cryptography experts in the country to build Callisto in the most secure way possible.”

Callisto will launch at the University of San Francisco in August.

About Sexual Health Innovations
Sexual Health Innovations is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.sexualhealthinnovations.org.

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Tracey Vitchers                        
Director of Development & Operations            
Sexual Health Innovations                    
tracey@sexualhealthinnovations.org             
845-699-3879

About the University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and stunning cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit http://www.usfca.edu.

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