A world in which all people promote equality, social justice, and healthy sexuality
To create the social change necessary to end sexual violence.
WCASA believes that to achieve our mission of ending sexual violence, we must also end all forms of oppression. Anti-oppression work is, in fact, also sexual violence prevention work. We stand in solidarity with our allies working on issues of racial justice and other oppressions. Recognizing that women of color* face multiple layers of marginalization with race/ethnicity and gender, WCASA commits to focusing on all forms of oppression while keeping women of color at the center.
View the complete Anti-Oppression Framework.
- We believe it is a basic human right to live free of sexual violence.
- We believe that everyone has a role and a responsibility in this work.
- We do not do this work in isolation. We believe in the importance of collaborations and alliance building.
- Our work is driven by survivors’ voices. Survivors and all those affected by sexual violence deserve compassionate services, dignity, privacy, and respect.
- We believe that this work is based in a feminist perspective that sexual violence is rooted in oppressive power relations.
- We believe that sexual violence is any unwanted sexual contact (verbal and/or physical), including rape, incest, child sexual assault, ritual abuse, acquaintance rape/assault, intimate partner or marital rape, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism. Sexual violence refers to acts of violence where sex is used as the weapon.
- We believe that diversity and safe, accessible services are fundamental to social change.
- We believe in the power of advocacy, education, prevention, and driving public policy as agents of social change.