A world without violence, oppression, and racism where all people honor bodily autonomy and social justice.
Creating social change to end sexual violence
- Collaboration and Solidarity – We value the expertise of others and do not do this work alone. We follow the leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and survivors as we build relationships based on trust and accountability with communities and historically marginalized groups.
- Liberation and Empowerment – We acknowledge that the origins of this movement began with Black and Indigenous women. We commit to elevating BIPOC voices and embrace transformative justice in our approach.
- Healthy Boundaries and Communication – We respect personal and professional boundaries. We value honest, direct, and ethical communication.
- Humility and Accountability – We recognize the impact of white supremacy and white feminism evident in our movement. We commit to holding ourselves and others accountable to recognize, mitigate, and address harm as it continues.
- Survivor-Centered and Led- We honor survivors as experts in this work. We commit to centering those most impacted by sexual violence and promote survivor-defined healing and justice.
Stance on anti-racism
WCASA recognizes that it has caused harm to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and commits to purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge racism and the impact it has on not only our state, systems, and people but also our work. WCASA leads through a lens that embraces transformative justice, and we stand in solidarity with individuals and organizations working toward racial justice led by those deeply affected. WCASA strives to not only acknowledge its power and privilege but also use it to dismantle racism in the interest of ending sexual violence. We are co-conspirators through our work.
Commitment to the cause
Given that sexual violence is rooted in oppressive power relations, ending it requires work to end all forms of racism and other forms of oppression. Everyone must acknowledge that sexual violence exists. We all must uphold a responsibility to ensure compassion for survivors. Realizing progress requires a recognition of the effects of generational trauma caused by sexual violence on individuals and in communities. It is also critical to consider the impacts of socio-economic, political, and legislative actions and how our work can be done differently to achieve maximum impact.
Connections in the work
WCASA has a responsibility to be a leader in this work at the national and state levels to strengthen coalitions and expand survivor support. We must uplift education and prevention as critical actions for social change. As a coalition and a member organization, WCASA strives to bring stakeholders to the table in a cross-collaborative fashion while promoting systemic change through education, prevention, technical assistance, and public policy work.