CAASE's community engagement work seeks to center communities disproportionately impacted by oppressions that intersect with and fuel sexual harm. These efforts focus on sustaining space, time and energy to consistently listen to survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and commercial sexual exploitation whose needs and experiences are rarely prioritized. In doing so, we provide a platform for healing and create a roadmap for change, bridging critical gaps between legislation and implementation. 

Art: Healing and Awareness

Writing Workshops + Live Lit

Nikki Patin, Community Engagement Director, facilitates writing workshops, open mics and storytelling circles for survivors of sexual harm. Visit our Events page to view current offerings.  

Theatrical Productions 

CAASE supports local Chicago theater companies who are producing work that explores sexual harm and exploitation via private consultations with cast, crews and production teams, participation in post-performance Q+As and talkbacks and sharing relevant and compelling work with our wide network of survivors, partners and donors. 

Film Screenings and Festivals

CAASE hosts and supports film screenings for documentaries and other films that critically explore sexual harm and exploitation. Our film recommendations for those interested in learning more about the impact of sexual harm and exploitation are listed below. 

  • Dreamcatcher
  • The Whistleblower
  • NO! The Rape Documentary
  • Blowin’ Up

If you are interested in consultation services, a CAASE expert participating in public programming or partnering with CAASE on a film screening or opening, please contact us.  

Lectures and Presentations

Bring CAASE to Speak at Your Event. 

We lecture and provide presentations locally and nationally. CAASE’S expert team of legal professionals, policy analysts and educators are often tapped to discuss sexual violence, the commercial sex trade, prostitution, as well as the cultural factors that allow sexual harm to flourish. Our offerings are custom designed to accommodate the specific needs of those we serve.

If you are interested in bringing a speaker from CAASE to your community, please contact us.     

Research and Toolkits

CAASE is committed to research and resource development that will deepen our community’s understanding of the sex trade and collect best practices. We develop tool kits for many different interest groups and collect pertinent research on our issues. Our work has been used by experts and social service agencies throughout the country, and we are considered a leader in innovating ways to deter johns from purchasing sex. View our toolkits here and our research here. 

CAASE is a feminist organization, committed to ending all forms of sexual exploitation including specifically sexual assault and prostitution. CAASE is opposed to all forms and manifestations of inequality, including but not limited to those based on race, sexual orientation, and gender. CAASE does not discriminate against job applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, age, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military services. CAASE supports a person’s full access to reproductive health information and services.