A socially just world in which all people value equity and healthy sexuality
Creating the social change necessary to end sexual violence
To end sexual violence, we must also end all forms of oppression
- 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.
- We believe that diversity and safe, accessible services are fundamental to social change.
- We believe that this work is based in a feminist perspective that sexual violence is rooted in oppressive power relations.
- Our work is driven by survivors’ voices. Survivors and all those affected by sexual violence deserve compassionate services, dignity, privacy, and respect.
- We believe in the power of advocacy, education, prevention, and driving public policy as agents of social change.
- We believe that sexual violence is any unwanted sexual contact (verbal and/or physical), including rape, incest, child sexual assault, 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.
Position Statement: WCASA believes that to achieve our mission of ending sexual violence, we must end all forms of racism and other forms of oppression; anti-racism work is sexual violence prevention work. WCASA recognizes that we have caused harm to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). As we strive to become an anti-racist organization, WCASA commits to purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge racism and the impact it has in our state, systems, and people. It is an expectation that WCASA staff and board of directors take action against racism; in doing so, they will be supported by the organization. It is no longer acceptable to sit in silence. We stand in solidarity with individuals and organizations working towards racial justice led by BIPOC.
- Devote full attention and investment to BIPOC
- Value culturally-specific organizations and their work
- Listen to and amplify the voices of BIPOC and then act, based on their guidance
- Actively support BIPOC in the anti-violence movement
- Understand historical trauma and its ongoing impact today
- Incorporate an anti-racist lens into every area of our work
- Continue to educate ourselves and others about racism and other forms of oppression
- Recognize that being an ally is no longer enough, we have moved beyond that. Stand up and take action as co-conspirators, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”
- Acknowledge our power and privilege, and use it to dismantle racism
- Practice humility, be intentional and accountable.
- Best practices in advocacy
- Best practices in prevention
- Organizational development
- Reproductive and sexual health
- Systematically and historically oppressed communities and individuals
- Financial sustainability
Focusing on all forms of oppression while centering the voices of black people, indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC), WCASA commits to:
- Communication: Communicate in an honest, direct, and ethical way
- Teamwork: Collaborate and seek the expertise of others
- Transparency: Share information and contribute to decisions
- Healthy Boundaries: Respect boundaries, both professional & personal