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Power in numbers? Or confidential black hole? A new website that connects sexual assault victims in the workplace




Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2017.
Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2017.
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Now that Callisto, an online startup aimed at combating sexual harassment and assault by connecting victims who share the same perpetrator, has seen success with their university partnerships, they’re looking to expand into the workplace.

The latter months of 2017 brought an avalanche of sexual assault and harassment take-downs, and women learned the power in coming forward as a unified group. In most instances, multiple reports involving a single perpetrator hold more weight than reports of an isolated incident, and Callisto has designed a system that detects serial offenders in order to create firmer legal options for victims' cases.

Shifting this concept from college campuses, where Title IX issues often become swathed in bureaucratic red tape, to decentralized work industries seemed like a natural move. This summer, Callisto will be unveiling a partnership in Silicon Valley, and it plans on rolling into more industries following the launch.

But what concerns, if any, do employers have regarding third party reporting services? What are the legal pros and cons to the confidential nature of software such as this?

Guests:

Anjana Rajan, chief technology officer at Callisto, an online platform designed to help combat sexual assault and harassment in a multitude of industries

Sue M. Bendavid, chair of the employment law department at Lewitt Hackman, where she represents companies and management in seuxal harassment allegations