What is Climb Against Sexual Abuse (CASA)?
CASA is an organisation dedicated to breaking the silence on sexual violence, empowering survivors and creating a powerful movement of change. In an effort to undo the taboo associated with sexual violence, CASA is taking on Mount Everest.
Founded by One Young World Ambassadors, CASA plan to take 15 individuals from different parts of the world on an expedition to the Everest Base Camp. This group will consist of survivors of sexual violence as well as a support team and a film crew. They are aiming to produce a documentary/video of our climb to generate further awareness about the cause.
The documented journey will encourage victims to share their stories and seek the support they need, not only so CASA can help them on the healing journey, but so, as a culture, we can overcome the stigma and social repercussions that exist in the society today. The documentary will combine the grief with the hope and the defeat with a symbolism of achievement.
The mission starts well before the climb, and leading up to the departure date, CASA will focus on building awareness and encouraging survivors to share their stories to change society’s views on sexual violence.
How to get involved?
Going through sexual abuse is one of the most brutal experiences; but defeating this experience and being able to heal are greater achievements. CASA's mission is to show the world that healing is possible. They are looking for survivors of rape or abuse who are willing to share their stories either on their website (even anonymously) or on screen as part of the expedition. To share your story with CASA, please visit www.climbagainstsexualabuse.com/survivor
While CASA are primarily focusing on recruiting survivors to join them on this journey they know they can't achieve their goals without a committed and skilled team of advisors, members and leaders. Sexual violence is a global problem and CASA need leaders around the world to tackle this issue as per the country’s society and culture. To join them and learn more, please visit www.climbagainstsexualabuse.com/member
CASA was started by two One Young World Ambassadors after being inspired by survival stories shared by delegates at the 2014 summit in Dublin. Today they are a team of 15 members spread across 7 countries. They have gathered more than 3500 members on Facebook in less than 2 months. CASA are in ongoing discussions on partnership and support from various organizations like WAR (War Against Rape), UN, Barclays, NYU etc.
CASA are aiming to raise $120,000 and to find 6 survivors around the world to bring them on a life changing expedition in September 2015. Come help them break the silence on Sexual Abuse.