CAASE works with elected officials, public-opinion shapers and allies to improve our community’s response to sexual exploitation. We promote policy and advocacy reforms that will hold perpetrators of sexual harm accountable and create resources for survivors of prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual assault.
End Demand Illinois (EDI) is a multi-year, statewide campaign to transform our community's response to prostitution.
EDI is working to end the routine arrest and re-arrest of women and girls in prostitution and instead proposes a statewide system of supportive services for survivors of the sex trade. In addition, EDI advocates for new tools and resources to allow law enforcement to begin arresting, charging, and prosecuting pimps, traffickers, and customers who create the demand for the sex trade. Illinois is receiving national attention for these innovative approaches.
Survivors of Sexual Violence Deserve Options As They Seek Justice
Certainly many survivors want the criminal system to hold their perpetrators accountable for their crimes, and are devasted by the criminal system’s frequent refusal to do so. Survivors also share that their attempts to use the criminal system to hold perpetrators accountable is re-traumatizing because they are not believed, blamed, or simply ignored. However, many survivors also voice a desire for alternatives to the criminal system. Since most sexual assault occurs between people who know one another, some survivors may not want to see the person in jail. Others may want the perpetrator to receive treatment, or do community service. Mostly, survivors say that want something done so he doesn’t hurt anyone else. Our CAASE policy team works with survivor leaders and policy makers to propose improved responses to sexual violence.