In the next 12 weeks, a time referred to as the “Red Zone,” more than 300,000 college freshmen will be sexually assaulted. CJ Scarlet refuses to accept this horrifying statistic as an unfortunate and unavoidable fact. So she’s going to do something about it.
Introducing Operation Dragnet
In August 2016, Operation Dragnet was launched to encourage returning college students and graduates who were sexually assaulted in prior semesters to enter information about their cases into a secure app called Evidence Vault. In a matter of minutes, people can anonymously enter identifying information about their assailants via the user-friendly mobile app, which was created by Harvard alumni and students.
Evidence Vault continually scans cases to identify patterns and matching data. As more survivors come forward, the likelihood of a match increases. When a match is made, the system notifies the survivors and asks if they will work with law enforcement investigators to build a case against the perpetrator. Survivors maintain their anonymity until they choose to reveal their identities to investigators.
When a pattern of behavior can be proven by hard evidence across multiple cases, police get cases they can win, predators can be made to pay for their crimes and survivors can find justice.
The Evidence Vault app is available for download on both Apple and Android platforms. Click here to visit EvidenceVault.org.
About CJ Scarlet
CJ was 19, a freshman in college, when she was raped. After suffering for a decade from the emotional aftermath of her harrowing experience, she became an advocate for other crime survivors, volunteering on rape crisis and domestic violence boards, running a child advocacy center and working as Director of Victims Issues for the NC Attorney General’s Office. In the process, she became an expert on crime victim issues and victim notification technology, speaking at national and international criminal justice conferences. She holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree with an emphasis on human violence.
But the dark secrets CJ held and the stress they caused led her to develop two life-threatening auto-immune conditions that, in 2002, left her fighting for her life. By 2004, she was so debilitated, she had to crawl on her hands and knees to get upstairs, and she couldn’t lift a cup of coffee or hold a hairbrush. She became very depressed and anxious about her impending heart failure. Then she was offered the chance to meet privately with a Tibetan Buddhist lama who commanded her to “stop feeling sorry for herself and start thinking of the happiness of other people.”