The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault provides leadership and resources for sexual assault programs and allies to prevent sexual violence while promoting a comprehensive, socially just response for all victims/survivors.
Our guiding philosophy
The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault believes sexual violence is a humiliating, and often terrifying and brutal crime. It violates a person’s innermost physical and psychological being. The primary goal of MNCASA is to be a catalyst in changing society’s attitudes toward sexual violence and its victims/survivors; and to changing the systems which may further victimize victims/survivors.
Sexual violence includes rape, date/acquaintance rape, same-sex assault, child sexual abuse, incest, pornography, prostitution, sexual exploitation by professionals, stalking, sexual harassment, and any other sexual activity in which a person is forced, coerced, or manipulated without their consent.
We believe sexism, racism, heterosexism, classism, oppression of people with disabilities, religious oppression, and ageism are among the root causes of sexual violence. MNCASA is committed to challenging institutions, issues, practices, and policies that promote these systems of oppression.
Every victim/survivor responds in a different way. Every victim/survivor has the right to receive support and understanding from friends, families, and their communities; as well as from medical, legal, social service and criminal justice systems. To that end, the coalition provides technical assistance and support to member programs throughout the state of Minnesota. This includes ongoing training and education, development and distribution of educational materials, communities of color outreach, public policy initiatives, resources, and referrals.