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HUMP DAY: NEW APP MAKING THE SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING PROCESS MORE PERSONAL

Following the controversy of a bill that would have staff members being mandated reporters of sexual assault accounts being passed through Virginia legislature, students at the colleges were outraged because of the hastiness that the bill may cause. Their argument was based on the fact that it would more than likely scare away victims who are not ready, or not willing to report their assault immediately following the events. However, thanks to a new app, this could all change.

Named Callisto, this app acts as a time stamped self-reporting system that allows victims to send electronic evidence to police officers on a timer. What it could do is set up a system where victims will be able to maintain the evidence of the assault for when they are ready, while also not having to go in-person to a police station. It is a move that could make victims of sexual assault far more comfortable in the long run and the app’s creation has been a welcome one.

callisto in blogBelow are the links to the article and to the app’s site where community members may stay updated on its creation:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/06/mandatory-sexual-assault-reporting_n_6614278.html?utm_hp_ref=breakingthesilence

http://projectcallisto.org/