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.
Disclaimer: 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/ACCAS was launched by Bryn Ludlow (Ph.D., Candidate, York University) 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 in Canada through community-based advocacy, and the creation and exhibition of art. The original Facebook group (now closed) grew to over 95 members. Shortly after, a core group of dedicated members helped to build this website and plan events in the community, including:
- Annual memorial ceremonies at OCAD University on December 6 for "The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women";
- A silent art auction and exhibition on February 7, 2008 at the Centre for Women's Studies in Education at OISE/UofT;
- 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: August 2021)
For more information about sexual assault, visit our "Resources" page: https://caasa-accas.igloocommunities.com/resources.