Jessica Ladd: The reporting system that sexual assault survivors want
Jessica Ladd is using technology to combat sexual assault, empower survivors and advance justice. Full bio
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to get out of her parents' house,
that she belongs.
that she has a crush on.
with a pounding headache.
the night in flashes.
outside Mike's room
while he was inside her,
what sex in college is?"
will be sexually assaulted
in the United States.
their assault to their school
wait 11 months to make the report.
with what happened on her own.
taking girls home from parties,
who Mike did the exact same thing to.
repeat perpetrators will be reported,
of assaults reported to the police
spending a single day in prison.
that they'll get away with it.
no deterrent to assault
epidemiologist by training.
our resources to do the most good.
but a solvable problem.
started hitting the news a few years ago,
to make a change.
to college survivors.
in college is pretty simple;
at the time and place
about their reporting options,
report their assault,
who may or may not believe them.
a secure, timestamped document
even if they don't want to report yet.
reported the same assailant.
the only one changes everything.
you frame your own experience,
you think about your perpetrator,
and they'll have yours.
that actually does this
had come forward,
entered into the matching system
had done the same thing
of both survivors
to the authorities at the same time
for Hannah and her peers,
that they would have reported,
kicked off campus,
gotten the help that he needed.
repeat offenders like Mike
following a match,
would never even be assaulted
59 percent of sexual assaults
repeat perpetrators earlier on.
a real deterrent to assault,
would never even try to assault anyone.
to information for you
conditions are met,
is for college campuses.
could be used in the military
get away with it.
are held accountable,
and justice they deserve,
get the information they need,
of another human being.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERJessica Ladd - Founder and CEO, Callisto
Jessica Ladd is using technology to combat sexual assault, empower survivors and advance justice.
Why you should listen
Jessica Ladd is the founder and CEO of Callisto, formerly Sexual Health Innovations, and a TED Fellow. She has been honored as a fearless changemaker by the Case Foundation, an emerging innovator by Ashoka and American Express, and as the Civic Hacker of the Year by Baltimore Innovation Week.
Before founding Sexual Health Innovations, Ladd worked in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy as a public policy associate at The AIDS Institute and as a sexual health educator and researcher for a variety of organizations. She also founded The Social Innovation Lab in Baltimore and a chapter of FemSex at Pomona College. She received her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins and her BA in Public Policy/Human Sexuality at Pomona College. She left a PhD program in infectious disease epidemiology at Johns Hopkins in order to pursue work at Sexual Health Innovations full-time.
Ladd has created a platform, Callisto, for survivors of sexual assault to electronically document and report what happened to them. The platform helps identify serial sexual offenders, allowing victims to either (1) directly report to an institution or (2) store their identity in escrow and only release it to an institution if another victim names the same assailant.
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