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; it 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 on https://www.igloosoftware.com/about/, to mobilize and plan events for local rape crisis centres in Toronto.
Today, CAASA continues to exist as a web-based resource that is supported by https://www.igloosoftware.com/about/, and is updated by a volunteer on a quarterly basis.
(Last updated: March 2019)
For more information about sexual assault, visit: https://crcvc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ItsNotYourFault-Coping-with-Sexual-Assault.pdf