History & Purpose
The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) was founded in 1984 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to be the collective voice of rape crisis advocates across the state of Colorado. Today, our membership includes over 100 sexual assault survivors, victim advocates, rape crisis centers, dual domestic violence and sexual assault programs, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, public health agencies, college and university campuses, medical professionals, offender treatment programs, public officials, as well as other organizations and concerned individuals throughout Colorado. As a statewide coalition, CCASA supports our members, partners, and the broader community through technical assistance, training, information and referrals, educational materials, statewide systems change, and public policy education and advocacy.
The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) is a membership organization promoting safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence.
Colorado communities believe and support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and take action to end sexual violence.
Our Core Values
Anti-oppression and Social Justice/change – CCASA recognizes that sexual assault and oppression are intricately linked and is committed to grappling with the complexities of societal power and privilege in order to create inclusive policy and practices.
Survivor Focus – CCASA is devoted to listening to the stories of survivors and keeping their needs paramount in all aspects of our organizational work.
Collaboration and Community Engagement – CCASA is committed to creating a culture of collaboration with diverse communities, individuals, agencies, and stakeholders across Colorado. We believe that our mission is best accomplished through a process that prioritizes community input and participation.
Advocacy and Education – CCASA believes that in order to create a society free from sexual violence, we must advocate for survivors and educate our communities on the detrimental effects of sexual assault and the most effective ways to prevent violence from happening in the first place.
Safety and Freedom – CCASA is dedicated to providing leadership and resources for member programs and other sexual assault organizations in order to ensure that victims are safe, empowered, and able to move through the healing process.
Offender Accountability – CCASA believes that in order to protect community and victim safety, as well as prevent future victimization, we must place responsibility for this crime solely on offenders. CCASA recognizes that sexual violence is never the fault of a survivor. Offender accountability includes the commitment to manage offenders in our communities according to policies that reflect current, comprehensive research regarding effectiveness.
Ethical Practices – CCASA strives to ensure that all organizational policies and practices reflect transparency, responsibility, and integrity. We also believe that ethical communication is critical to achieving our mission.
Our Definition of Justice
CCASA recognizes that justice has a unique meaning for each survivor of sexual assault. We believe that it is an ever-changing concept that needs ongoing conversation in order to be fair, honest, and respectful. It must ensure community accountability as well as protect survivors’ rights. In order to achieve justice, we must examine the root causes of oppression, provide opportunities for survivors to use their voice, and move toward empowerment, equality, safety, and healing.