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 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
The Canadian Artists Against Sexual Assault/ Les Artistes Canadiens Contre L’Assaut Sexuel (CAASA-ACCAS) is an online resource that is hosted on IGLOO. IGLOO is a social software company that builds online communities for businesses of any size through a powerful suite of content management, collaboration, social networking, web publishing and knowledge sharing tools, within one secure social networking platform.
For more information about sexual assault, visit the “Resources” page: https://caasa-accas.igloocommunities.com/resources.