Announcing KATIA, Using Science & Technology to Help Prevent Sexual Violence Among Women

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Verified by science, the KATIA rape screen is a proactive approach that can stop a woman from ever meeting her attacker.

The KATIA Project

Upon reviewing KATIA, I do believe this is a very interesting approach in the prevention of sexual assault against women.—Chicago Police Department

KATIA, named after a rape-counseled, first-degree aggravated rape survivor, announces today, a unique, life-saving platform that uses both science and technology to pre-screen potential attackers.

KATIA is an evidence-based, statistical rape screening tool written in the computer programming language, “R”. More intuitive and powerful than standard background checks, KATIA Screens can be booked by women who want to take precautionary steps to safeguard their personal safety, both online and off.

According to the FBI, a woman is raped in America every 6 minutes and a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 1 in 5 college women has been sexually assaulted. In large U.S. states like California, Florida, and Texas, every school in the state has an average of 5 convicted rapists, pedophiles, or registered child sex offenders living in the immediate vicinity.

Violence against women is a devastating crime that affects females of all education levels and social backgrounds. It can happen to any woman, it is close to home and it is not going away.

Women are in extreme danger and with 400,000+ forgotten rape kits shelved by law enforcement—each lost rape kit equals another known-about, un-arrested rapist, free to roam the streets—the government’s not doing enough to protect vulnerable females.

KATIA helps protect women by pre-screening dates or meet-ups to help them avoid first-degree rape suspects, convicted adult rapists, probationed child rapists, and registered sex offender pedophiles stalking young women and moms on mainstream dating sites, apps, and top social networks.

Designed with the help of Scott Drotar, a University of Notre Dame mathematician, R programmer, and quantitative psychologist who provided qualified statistical support; KATIA offers women the protection of an advance warning system to catch potential problems with male strangers before they occur.

Sex offenders almost always use bogus aliases and fake details to set up dating profiles. This makes standard background checks without facial recognition technology, 100% useless and redundant.

In an excerpt from a Chicago Police Department review of KATIA, Officer Shawn stated, “I’ve been a police officer for nearly 13 years now. Upon reviewing KATIA, I do believe this is a very interesting approach in the prevention of sexual assault against women. I have documented violence and sexual assault towards women hundreds of times so far in my career. I like the facial recognition approach along with the interesting programming language that is used to decipher texts and I’d like to see this developed further.”

Like millions of American women meeting up with strangers for dating each year, Katia also did everything right. A successful graduate with a stable job, Katia told her mom and her best friend what she was doing and where she was meeting her date; in the perceived safety of a popular local bar in the city, surrounded by people and CCTV. Katia followed the dating site’s glossy magazine-style advice page. However, she was not safe.

With no rape screening available there was no way to forewarn Katia, before her rape, that “her date” was a registered sex offender with a history of intimate partner violence and a prior felony conviction for forcible sexual assault—in a different state—involving the date-rape drug Rohypnol.

This was the same benzodiazepine derivative that hospital lab reports tested positive in Katia’s case after she was violently raped on their fifth date at knife-point.

Had Katia had access to this technology, she could have provably stopped herself from meeting her rapist.

The man involved in Katia’s case had a prior rape conviction and a retrospective KATIA Screen of his dating profile picture and lure message picked up his original out-of-state police mugshot from his first offense and raised four separate red flags in the linguistics database giving a 96% risk score.

The technology is credible and tested. For the first time, the programming language, R, gives us a compelling and powerful statistical tool to illuminate those patterns and make people’s lives safer. KATIA exists to ensure women meeting strangers come home safe.

KATIA is open to anyone looking to pre-screen a potential date or meet-up. For a nominal $15 fee to cover administrative search costs, you can have a completed search in approximately three hours. KATIA is 100% private and confidential.

For more information, please visit the KATIA website.

To take a stand against violence among women, join KATIA and hashtag your social media posts #StandWithKatia

The service launches on February 2, 2016.

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