In her research on why sexual violence against women and young girls is normalized, Heather Hlavka exposes years of public silencing as it relates to abuse and exploitation of basic human rights.  Her study includes audio-videotaped interviews of youths seen by forensic interviewers for reported cases of sexual abuse between 1995 and 2004 (Hlavka, 5).  Findings revealed that young women shockingly depicted boys and men as natural sexual aggressors in their daily life.  I wanted to see if there were any resources for women who had faced sexual violence but were unsure or afraid to report it.  As founder of Sexual Health Innovations, Jessica Ladd came up with a great alternative solution for affected college students instead of reporting it to school officials or on the phone.   “Callisto” allows students to record details of an assault anonymously. The site saves and time-stamps those records. That allows students to decide later whether they want to formally file reports with their schools via their school issued email addresses or  download the information for the police.  The site also offers a matching system in which a user can elect to file a report with the school electronically only if someone else names the same assailant.

 

 

Resources:

Hlavka, H. R. “Normalizing Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harassment and Abuse.” Gender & Society 28.3 (2014): 337-58. Web.
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