We are a Pan Canadian group of sexual assault centres who have come together to implement the legal, social and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent, and ultimately eradicate, rape and sexual assault. As feminists we recognize that violence against women is one of the strongest indicators of prevailing societal attitudes towards women. The intent of the Canadian Association is to act as a force for social change regarding violence against women at the individual, the institutional and the political level.
Together we will provide a mechanism for communication, education and mobilization to alleviate the political and geographical isolation of centres in Canada. We will also support and encourage efforts to create a society in which all members of that society have the rights of social, economic and political equality.
As the only pan Canadian organisation of sexual assault centres in Canada, CASAC has political alliances with other national groups whose work promotes women’s equality and anti-violence. In addition to being CASAC members, many of our centres belong to the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), Canada’s largest feminist coalition. As a national group we are members of the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), a coalition of 40 equality-seeking non-governmental groups whose work is to promote Canadian women’s equality at home and in the International arena. CASAC is also a member group of the Pan Canadian March committee, organising Canadian women to the World March of Women 2000, an international action initiated by the Fédération des Femmes du Québec (FFQ).