Social Justice

NYSCASA’s mission is to end all forms of sexual violence and exploitation, and to address the impacts of sexual assault. 


Therefore, NYSCASA recognizes that:

  • Sexual violence is a human rights violation.
  • All people and all communities are affected by sexual violence.
  • Sexual violence is rooted in systemic oppressions that shape our society, including—but not limited to—white supremacy, racism, ableism, sexism, and homophobia.
  • Access to support, advocacy, and medical care in the aftermath of sexual violence is similarly impacted by systemic oppression.
  • In order to eliminate sexual violence, we must create a culture that actively fights for equity and opposes oppression in all its forms.


We commit ourselves to the following principles in order to minimize the incidence and impact of sexual violence:

  • We affirm that justice, accountability, and healing look different for every survivor or victim.
  • We understand that trauma is a subjective experience and that this experience can be very different depending on the individual. We also acknowledge that what is traumatic for one person may not be traumatic for another.
  • We acknowledge historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, and other forms of trauma and their impact on survivors, especially Black and Indigenous survivors and those who are most marginalized.
  • We support centering the voices and experiences of survivors who are the most marginalized.
  • We support violence intervention approaches that honor survivors’ agency and that offer resources to help survivors on their journey to heal.
  • We support accountability mechanisms that hold people who do harm accountable without targeting and ravaging vulnerable communities.
  •  We support trauma-informed services that are culturally relevant and that meet the needs of each survivor.
  • We believe that all people across their life spans must have access to accurate information, enabling them to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health.
  • We understand that sexual violence impacts all facets of a person’s life. Ensuring access to basic needs—like housing, food, income, healthcare, and social services—is vital to creating an environment where healing is possible.
  • We support investing in resources that help people reach their highest and fullest potential.


NYSCASA Statements

Training and Tools

Anti-Racism as Violence Prevention: Videos and Discussion Guides from Futures Without Violence

These videos and discussion guides are intended to be used by domestic and sexual violence advocates and activists to spark conversations on the ways that racism and oppression have shaped our anti-violence movements and how we can dismantle racism in our organizations and communities. In these videos, you will hear from advocates and organizers who discuss their own experiences, perceptions, and journeys of practicing anti-racism as a means of ending gender-based and intimate violence.

Video Series: Voices from Our Movement: a 3-part video series on ending racism and oppression as the heart of our anti-violence movement


Prevention Through Liberation Webinar Series from the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

These webinars hosted by the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence cover aspects of their Prevention Through Liberation project, which centers culturally-specific primary prevention efforts in communities throughout Oregon.

Webinar topics:

  • Introduction to Prevention Through Liberation
  • Historical Trauma and Implications for Prevention
  • Building Community and Preventing Violence with Latinx Youth
  • Evaluation: Creating Change and Measuring Impact
  • Culturally-responsive Learning and Evaluation


Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Articles, Newsletters and Curricula

  • Perspectives for a Diverse America
  • Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot
  • Teaching Standing Rock
  • School Administrators: Are you ready?  – Suggestions on how to keep schools safe as teachers face increasingly volatile school environments.


  • Let’s Talk! Discussing Whiteness
  • Let’s Talk! Black Lives Matter
  • Gender Savvy: Creating an inclusive school climate
  • Extreme Prejudice
  • Teaching ‘The New Jim Crow’ with Michelle Alexander

Prevention Through Liberation: Theory and Practice of Anti-Oppression as Primary Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence by the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2018.

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story by Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and Ms. Foundation for Women, 7/20/15.

Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women by African American Policy Forum and Center for Intersectionality and Policy Studies, 7/17/15.

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected by African American Policy Forum and Center for Intersectionality and Policy Studies, 2/4/15.


African American Policy Forum


National Indigenous Women Resource Center


National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault


Women of Color Network, Inc.

 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


 Find Crisis Centers

Search our program directory to find a rape crisis center in your area.


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