— About CCASA
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, college and university campuses, medical professionals, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, public health agencies, 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.
CCASA provides leadership, advocacy, and support to address and prevent sexual violence.
Colorado communities promote safety, justice, and healing for survivors and foster healthy, respectful, consensual interactions.
— What We Strive For —
- Grapple with the complexities of societal power and privilege
- Dismantle systems of oppression to create a more just and equitable society
- Create inclusive and anti-oppressive policy and practices
- Intentionally build an organization that reflects multiple identities and lived experiences within board, staff, members, partners, and donors
- Address root causes of sexual violence
- Work to create a culture of consent and safety
- Amplify the voices and work of individuals and communities that have been historically excluded from the anti-sexual violence movement
- Elevate survivor voices and needs
- Promote survivor-centered policies and practices
- Recognize that “justice” has a unique meaning for each survivor of sexual violence