The Canadian Artists Against Sexual Assault (CAASA) is an online resource directory for victims/ survivors and secondary survivors (friends, family, etc.) to find relevant information following the devastating experience of sexual assault and domestic violence. CAASA does not offer counselling, or referrals. This site is a web directory where you can find phone numbers and websites of sexual assault and domestic violence care providers and organizations in your community. Since the site is online, and is open to any visitors, there is a listing of resources for survivors who reside outside of Canada.
CAASA was launched by Bryn Ludlow in 2006 to make resources available online, and in one location. It sought to create awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and domestic violence through artistic responses and advocacy. An already overwhelming experience can feel much worse when it is difficult for survivors and secondary survivors to find resources for self-care, advocacy, and recovery. The original Facebook group (now closed) grew to over 95 members. Shortly after, a core group of dedicated members helped build this site, and to plan events in the community, including:
- Annual memorial ceremonies at OCAD University on The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, December 6;
- A silent art auction and exhibition at the Centre for Women's Studies in Education at OISE/UofT on February 7, 2008;
- A knowledge dissemination initiative to share documentation of the opening night of the silent art auction, at the Youth Speak Out march to end child abuse on June 1, 2008; and
- A body mapping workshop at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre for queer survivors of sexual assault on June 23, 2008
Today, CAASA continues to exist as a web-based resource that is supported by Igloo Communities, https://www.igloosoftware.com/about/, and is updated by a volunteer on a quarterly basis.
(Last updated: February 2020)
For more information about sexual assault, visit our "Resources" page: https://caasa-accas.igloocommunities.com/resources.